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Global Data

Global Health Observatory Data Repository for Tobacco Control:
The GHO data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including tobacco control. Thise data can also be viewed as an interactive map here.

WHO Global School Based Health Survey The Global school-based student health survey (GSHS) is a collaborative surveillance project designed to help countries measure and assess the behavioural risk factors and protective factors in 10 key areas among young people aged 13 to 15 years, including tobacco use. More information about the survey can be found here.

WHO Global Tobacco Control Report 2011 – Data This report is the third in a series of WHO reports on the status of global tobacco control policy implementation. All data on the level of countries’ achievement for the six MPOWER measures have been updated through 2010, and additional data have been collected on warning the public about the dangers of tobacco. The report examines in detail the two primary strategies to provide health warnings – labels on tobacco product packaging and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. The actual report can be fund here.


Global Tobacco Surveillance System Data (GTSSData): GTSSData houses and displays data from the following four tobacco-related surveys conducted around the world: Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS), Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS), and Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). The purpose of GTSSData is to enhance countries’ capacity to monitor tobacco use, guide national tobacco prevention, and control programs, and facilitate comparison of tobacco-related data at the national, regional, and global levels. GTSSdata includes over 20 tobacco data topics including, tobacco use, tobacco advertising, cessation, secondhand smoke, school policies, and perceptions of smoking behaviors.


Regional Data

Pan American Tobacco Information Online System (PATIOS): PATIOS is a web based information system containing country-specific data on a wide variety of tobacco control topics. The database covers 32 indicators on tobacco use and control policies in all PAHO American Member States. The database covers three main areas: health impact (inlcuding prevalence of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke), policy and legislation, and economics.

Tobacco Control Database for the WHO European Region: The Tobacco Control Database for the WHO European Region is a powerful tool that offers country comparisons, helps identify countries that lead in specific measures of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and displays the relevant articles of law.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA):
SAMHDA provides access to data from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHDA provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health. The following datasets in SAMHDA contain tobacco-related data:

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Series: The NSDUH Series strives to (1) provide accurate data on the level and patterns of licit and illicit drug use; (2) track trends in the use of alcohol, tobacco, and various types of drugs; (3) assess the consequences of drug use and abuse; and (4) identify groups with a high risk for drug abuse. Thus, the series allows for the assessment and monitoring of the nature of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and the consequences of that abuse.

Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) Series: HBSC is a cross-national, school-based research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office in Europe begun in 1982 to collect information on health-related attitudes and behaviors of young people in as many as 30 participating countries and are conducted every four years since the 1985-1986 school year. The target population of the HBSC study is young people attending school, aged 11, 13, and 15 years old. These age groups represent the onset of adolescence, the challenge of physical and emotional changes, and the middle years when important life and career decisions are beginning to be made.

National Youth Survey (NYS) Series: NYS interviews parents and youth about events and behavior of the preceding year to gain a better understanding of both conventional and deviant types of behavior by youths. Data were collected on demographic and socioeconomic status of respondents, disruptive events in the home, neighborhood problems, parental aspirations for youth, labeling, integration of family and peer contexts, attitudes toward deviance in adults and juveniles, parental discipline, community involvement, drug and alcohol use, victimization, pregnancy, depression, use of outpatient services, spouse violence by respondent and partner, and sexual activity.


 CDC Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) WONDER is an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information such as mortality and cancer incidence.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS): BRFSS is a collaborative project of the CDC and U.S. states and territories. It is an ongoing data collection program designed to measure behavioral risk factors of adults including tobacco use, health care coverage, HIV/AIDS knowledge and prevention, physical activity, and fruit-and-vegetable consumption.


 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS): The TUS-CPS is a key source of national, state, and sub-state level data from U.S. households regarding smoking, use of tobacco products, and tobacco-related norms, attitudes, and policies. It uses a large, nationally representative sample that contains information on about 240,000 individuals within a given survey period.


Production & Trade Data

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Statistical Database (FAOSTAT) FAOSTAT is an on-line multilingual database currently containing time-series records from over 210 countries and territories covering agriculture, nutrition, fisheries, forestry and food aid. Tobacco–related data is available in the Prices, Productions, Trade, and Commodity Balances domains.


The United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade)
UN Comtrade contains detailed imports and exports statistics reported by statistical authorities of close to 200 countries or areas, including data on tobacco and tobacco products. It concerns annual trade data from 1962 to the most recent year.