Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

WHO/CDC Global Health Professional Survey (GHPS)

This survey has been discontinued. Please contact for more information.


The World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) developed the Global Health Professional Survey (GHPS) in 2004 to collect data on tobacco use and cessation counseling among health professional students.

Tobacco use among health professionals is of particular interest in the area of tobacco related surveillance since they are not only responsible for primary health care and education for tobacco related issues such as cessation and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, but are also role models in the community.

Furthermore, the preamble of the WHO FCTC emphasizes the role of health professional bodies in efforts to include tobacco control in the public health agenda and contribute actively to the reduction of tobacco consumption. These activities are also described in the Code of Practice for Health Professionals which has been officially adopted now by several Health Professional Associations worldwide.


The GHPS is a school-based survey of third-year students pursuing advanced degrees in dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. The GHPS uses a core questionnaire on demographics, prevalence of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, knowledge and attitudes about tobacco use, exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, willingness to stop smoking, and training received regarding patient counseling on smoking cessation techniques. The GHPS has a standardized methodology for selecting participating schools and classes and has uniform data processing procedures.

Related documents

  • Link to the study
    Tobacco Use and Cessation Counseling. Global Health Professionals Survey Pilot Study, 10 Countries, 2005. May 27, 2005 / 54(20); 505-509.
  • More information
    World No Tobacco Day 2005. Health professionals against tobacco.