This Atlas presents estimates of tobacco use and key tobacco control measures in a visual format from countries within the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region who have completed the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), or both.

Following the MPOWER measures, and in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Articles, the Atlas describes the range of tobacco product use across various countries in the WHO African Region and provides estimates on tobacco use; secondhand smoke exposure; cessation; warnings about the dangers of tobacco; bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco taxes. Progress and opportunities for further tobacco prevention and control efforts in these countries are also highlighted.

This Atlas can serve as a resource for decision makers, public health professionals, the media, researchers, and the general public to inform tobacco prevention and control efforts to end the tobacco epidemic.


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CDC is the WHO Collaborating Center for Global Tobacco Surveillance and is the technical agency for the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS).

Tobacco Free Initiative focuses international attention, resources and action on the global tobacco epidemic.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa is one of WHO’s six regional offices around the world.

The CDC Foundation is a global partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. With grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC Foundation supports CDC’s Global Tobacco Control Branch to monitor and measure the global tobacco epidemic.

The WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it.

The GTSS Academy is an interactive website built to increase the use of Global Tobacco Surveillance System data to enhance global capacity for tobacco prevention and control.