The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to reduce the global burden of disease and death caused by tobacco, thereby protecting present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental, and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. This is accomplished through providing global policy leadership--promoting the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the MPOWER package of tobacco policies as a key entry point to the FCTC. The FCTC encourages countries to adhere to its principles, and WHO supports countries in their efforts to implement provisions of the FCTC and MPOWER.
The Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) was developed to measure the progress of countries in fulfilling the requirements of the FCTC and MPOWER. GTSS consists of the following four active components: the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), Tobacco Questions for Surveys (TQS), and Tobacco Questions for Surveys of Youth (TQS-Youth).