Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies

Good monitoring provides important information about the extent of the tobacco epidemic and how to tailor policies to the needs of different groups. Global indicators as well as regional and country-specific data can be found in the following resources:

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic: These periodic reports present data on tobacco prevalence in each WHO region and for the specific countries that count the largest number of smokers. In addition to tobacco prevalence data, the reports also monitor implementation of key tobacco control measures. For example, the 2009 report focuses on the protection of people from tobacco smoke.

The WHO Global InfoBase is a data repository that collects, stores and displays information on chronic diseases, including cancer and their risk factors, for all WHO Member States.

The Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) monitors global, regional, and country-specific data on tobacco, including prevalence, knowledge and behaviour. The GTSS monitors this information through four surveys: the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS); the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) for youth; the Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS); and the Global Health Professions Students Survey (GHPSS).

The Global Health Observatory (GHO) database is WHO's main repository of health statistics. It contains an extensive list of indicators, which can be selected by multiple dimensions as per the requirement.