Databases & Datasets
This page provides links to publicly available data, databases, and datasets from various surveys and organizations around the world that are related to tobacco. Data is available at a global and regional level as well as for specific sectors such as production and trade.
The GHO data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including tobacco control. These data can also be viewed as an interactive map here.
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.
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.
The Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) is a Web-based data application that houses and displays data from four tobacco-related surveys conducted around the world. The purpose of GTSS 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HINTS is a national survey uniquely dedicated to learning how people find, use, and understand health information. The tobacco module includes such topics as e-cigarettes, FDA regulation, harm reduction, and smoking cessation.
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students. This organization surveys approximately 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, as well as annual follow-up questionnaires after graduating.
The National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS) was created to assess the prevalence of tobacco use, as well as the factors promoting and impeding tobacco use among adults. NATS also establishes a comprehensive framework for evaluating both the national and state-specific tobacco control programs. The NATS questionnaire is built around the Office of Smoking and Health’s Key Outcome Indicators (KOI) from each of the following four goal areas: preventing initiation of tobacco use among young people, eliminating nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting quitting among adults and young people, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.
The NYTS was designed to provide national data on long-term, intermediate, and short-term indicators key to the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. The NYTS provides nationally representative data about middle and high school youth’s tobacco-related beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and exposure to pro-and anti-tobacco influences.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including tobacco.
The Youth Tobacco Survey collects data from 6th to 12th grade students. The YTS measures the following components: knowledge and attitudes regarding tobacco use, exposure to media and advertising, information on the enforcement of minors’ access regulations and laws, presence of tobacco programs in school curricula, cessation attempts and successes, secondhand smoke exposure, and prevalence of other tobacco products (i.e., pipe use, bidis, kreteks, and snus).