This publication paints an important picture of tobacco use and select tobacco control measures stipulated by the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. It discusses the Global Tobacco Surveillance System—the largest global public health surveillance system ever developed and maintained—which, over 15 years, has facilitated the development, implementation, and evaluation of tobacco control programs and policies in countries around the world. The GATS Atlas
covers the 22 countries for which data had been publicly released by the end of 2013. It illustrates the dynamics of tobacco use and tobacco control policies in countries representing 3 billion of the 5 billion adult population worldwide.
The GATS Atlas includes examples from countries that have successfully integrated the Tobacco Questions for Surveys, a subset of key questions from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. The main objective of this document is to make data visualization both simpler and friendlier. It combines data and visuals to guide and encourage decision makers and public health practitioners to accelerate tobacco control. It provides a portrait of each country’s progress, thus facilitating rigorous global and regional comparisons.