Results of Global Adult Tobacco Survey Provide Shocking Information About Tobacco Use in 14 Countries
Yesterday, Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results from 14 different countries were published in The Lancet, providing the first-ever internationally standardized assessment of the burden of tobacco. Global Adult Tobacco Survey, or GATS, is the largest tobacco use prevalence study, and provides unprecedented high-quality information about tobacco use worldwide. This survey was conducted in 14 countries comprising more than 3 billion people and representing 54% of the world’s population.
The staggering data from these 14 countries reveals that nearly half (59%) of all men and over 10% of women are tobacco users. Additionally, results show that tobacco use is even higher in some specific gender and age groups within countries. For example, two-thirds of Chinese males age 45-54 are current smokers. Although women generally use tobacco at lower rates than men, women are starting to smoke at an increasingly younger age. Poland (24%) and Russia (21%) showed the highest rates of female tobacco use.
Tobacco kills 6 million people annually. The international public health community is gaining momentum to put tobacco control measures in place, and this GATS data is a crucial impetus in this movement.