TQS is a list of 22 survey questions taken from the GATS core questionnaire that can be integrated into surveys to promote data comparability within and across countries over time. These questions can be included in any survey (e.g. health or social surveys) to get a comprehensive picture of tobacco control in any population of interest.
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When monitoring tobacco use, a standard set of questions should be implemented across various surveys to maintain consistency and comparability. Given this important need, TQS was produced to harmonize and standardize the monitoring of key tobacco control indicators.
The questions in the TQS booklet have been developed for and tested in survey populations aged 15 years or older.
TQS is a list of 22 survey questions, grouped by MPOWER classification theme.
“Tobacco use” is defined as current and past usage; frequency and prevalence of use; amount used; and type of product used. This indicator monitors tobacco use and effectiveness of prevention policies.
Questions 1, 2a and 2b measure tobacco smoking prevalence. The indicators measured include current tobacco smokers, current daily tobacco smokers, former daily tobacco smokers and former daily tobacco smokers.
Question 3 asks about the amount of tobacco smoked by current smokers. This question measures usage of cigarettes and other specific tobacco products.
Questions 4, 5a and 5b measure the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use.
Questions 6-9 measure secondhand smoke exposure in the home and in the workplace.
Questions 10-12 measure two concepts: (1) attempt of current smokers to quit; and (2) receiving advice from healthcare providers to quit.
Questions 13-16 measure four concepts: (1) awareness of anti-cigarette information in newspapers and magazines; (2) awareness of anti-cigarette information in television; (3) noticing health warnings on cigarette packs; and (4) current smokers thinking about quitting because of the health warnings on cigarette packs.
Questions 17-18 measure respondents’ exposure to cigarette advertising in stores and various cigarette promotions.
Questions 19-20 are used with cigarette consumption data in Question 3a to create economic indicators, including the average cost of a pack of manufactured cigarettes and cigarette affordability.