The Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) - AFRICAN REGION ATLAS presents data on select tobacco use measures for students (GYTS) from 34 African countries with national surveys; students from 12 countries with surveys of 21 sub-national regions, provinces, or cities; and adults (GATS) from 6 countries with national surveys (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda).

The Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS)


Tobacco use is a major cause of preventable disease, death, and disability worldwide. About 7 million people die from tobacco use each year worldwide, including more than 890,000 from exposure to secondhand smoke. Because tobacco use is declining in most developed countries, most tobacco-related deaths are projected to be in the developing world. This is due, in part, to tobacco industry efforts to promote their products in African markets.

Without comprehensive tobacco prevention and control efforts, the prevalence of tobacco smoking in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to rise from 15.8% in 2010 to 21.9% in 2030. To help improve public health across the world, awareness of new tobacco products and changing markets is critical. The data contained in this Atlas can assist countries in the African Region to evaluate their efforts and to monitor progress in reducing tobacco use in the African Region.

This Atlas combines data and visuals to guide and encourage decision makers and public health practitioners to accelerate tobacco prevention and control activities in the African Region. It aims to generate inquiry by providing a portrait of each country’s progress, as well as enabling regional comparisons. The central objective of this Atlas is to make data visualization both simpler and friendlier, as well as ultimately actionable.

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“In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.”

Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)