SESRIC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health, and CDC Foundation launched the Report on ‘Implementation of the Tobacco Questions for Surveys (TQS) in Selected OIC Member Countries: Evidence for Action’ on 8 December 2021.
The Report presents findings from the TQS integrated surveys of 13 OIC countries (Azerbaijan, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Indonesia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, and Togo) that collected relevant data during the period 2015–2019.
The Report shows that the prevalence of current tobacco smoking ranged from 3.4% in Togo to 29.4% in Indonesia across the aforementioned 13 OIC countries. However, a large number of people who smoked tobacco were interested in quitting.
Moreover, the Report also indicates a strong correlation between health warnings on tobacco packaging and thinking about quitting. Therefore, these findings suggest that creating an infrastructure and environment that prompts quit attempts and supports cessation is critical in reducing tobacco-related illnesses and deaths.
For more information on TQS and TQS-Youth Integration Project, please visit: https://tqs.sesric.org/
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