Global Adult Tobacco Survey: GATS is the global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use and tracking key tobacco control indicators. It is intended to generate comparable data within and across countries.
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic: Warning About the Dangers of Tobacco: The 2011 WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic is the third in a series of reports on the status of global tobacco control policy implementation.
Appendix VII: Displays age- and sex-standardized prevalence estimates for smoking adults by country.
Appendix VIII: Displays surveys of adult tobacco use and crude smokeless tobacco prevalence in WHO Member States.
STEPwise approach to Surveillance (STEPS) : The WHO STEPwise approach to Surveillance (STEPS) is a simple, standardized method for collecting, analysing and disseminating data in WHO member countries. The Adult Risk Factor Surveillance Country Reports include data on smoking within each country and can be found here.
Global Health Observatory – Tobacco Control: The Global Health Observatory theme pages provide data and analyses on global health priorities. The tobacco control page provides information on global situation and trends highlights, using core indicators, database views, major publications and links to relevant web pages on tobacco.
Male Cigarette Use Globally: The Tobacco Atlas provides an interactive map that shows the percent of males who smoke cigarettes by country.
Female Cigarette Use Globally: The Tobacco Atlas provides an interactive map that shows the percent of females who smoke cigarettes by country.
National Health Interview Survey: This CDC survey collects data on current smoking trends among adults (ages 18+) in the United States. The 2011 Summary Health Statistics report includes information on distribution of current smokers, broken out by various demographic characteristics such as age, race, income, and health insurance status. Early release statistics for 2012 are available here.
Percentage of Adult Current Smokers: This Trust for America’s Health dataset shows the percentage of current adult smokers by state in the US.
Social Norms and Attitudes About Smoking: This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report reviews changes in social norms and attitudes about tobacco use, as reported in national or large-scale surveys.