A set of questions on tobacco taken from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) to be included in national health surveys or multiple risk factor surveys. It aims to improve survey comparability over time and harmonize international tobacco surveillance and monitoring activities.  The use of standardized questions worldwide can greatly enhanced the capacity of all stakeholders for monitoring and comparing trends in tobacco use and tobacco control intervention, leading to quality estimates at country, regional and global level.

TQS consists in a set of 22 questions:

  • The first three questions that quantifies tobacco smoking prevalence are the highest priority measures and should be included in all surveys to measure tobacco use. These allow the collection of information in response to built indicators established on the Global Monitoring Framework for the Global Action Plan for Prevention and control of NDC 2013 - 2020 and on Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The other 19 questions cover additional key topics related to tobacco use and policies to respond WHO MPOWER, a package of six evidence-based demand reduction measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).