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The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) is a global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) and tracking key tobacco control indicators.
In India, the first round of GATS was first implemented in 2009-10 (GATS 1) and the second round was implemented in 2016-17 (GATS 2). The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) designated Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) as the implementing agency for carrying out the second round of GATS in India. GATS 2 was implemented in 30 states of India and two Union territories (UTs). A total of 74,037 individuals across states and UTs were interviewed between August 2016 and February 2017. Along with measurement of changing prevalence of tobacco use between GATS 1 and GATS 2, the survey also measures changes in exposure to secondhand smoke, efforts at cessation, exposure to messages on media, knowledge and perception of tobacco use.
The financial support for GATS 2 was provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use through the CDC Foundation with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The technical support for GATS 2 was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and RTI International.
GATS 2 State Factsheets as released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in coordination with State Tobacco Control Cells are available here:
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