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Monitoring tobacco use

Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) requires its Parties to regularly collect and share national data on the magnitude, patterns, determinants and consequences of tobacco use and exposure.

Data are necessary to implement and evaluate effective tobacco control policies. Through continual monitoring of the tobacco epidemic, and of the interventions to control it, interventions can be more effectively managed and improved.

In particular, WHO works with countries to:

  • encourage the use of standards and scientific and evidence-based protocols for monitoring tobacco use among both adults and adolescents
  • gather data for national and global monitoring of trends in tobacco use and strengthening of tobacco control policies
  • make use of the data to advocate for strengthening of the policies that most effectively reduce tobacco use

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Tobacco use monitoring system in Korea

In Korea, the prevalence of tobacco use of adults and adolescents is surveyed each year through the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and Youth Health Behavior Survey organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, and the Ministry of Education.

The rate of cigarette, liquid e-cigarette, and heated tobacco products (HTP) use is surveyed, respectively, to identify prevalence by tobacco product type.

  • See TOBACCO CONTROL FACT SHEET No. 34 ‘Prevalence of Tobacco Use in South Korea’