Use of cigarettes and other tobacco products among students aged 13-15 years--worldwide, 1999-2005

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006 May 26;55(20):553-6.


The use of tobacco in any form is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease. Globally, nearly 5 million persons die every year from tobacco-related illnesses, with disproportionately higher mortality occurring in developing countries. The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), initiated in 1999 by the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and the Canadian Public Health Association, is a school-based survey that includes questions on prevalence of cigarette and other tobacco use; attitudes toward tobacco; access to tobacco products; exposure to secondhand smoke, school curricula on tobacco, media, and advertising; and smoking cessation. This report presents estimates of self-reported cigarette and other tobacco-product use during 1999-2005 in 132 different countries and the Gaza Strip/West Bank. The data are aggregated within each of the six WHO regions. GYTS data indicate that nearly two of every 10 students reported currently using a tobacco product, with no statistically significant difference between the proportion of those reporting cigarette smoking (8.9%) and other tobacco use (11.2%). Use of tobacco by adolescents is a major public health problem in all six WHO regions. Worldwide, more countries need to develop, implement, and evaluate their tobacco-control programs to address the use of all types of tobacco products, especially among girls.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / trends
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Tobacco*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution