Guidelines for Controlling and Monitoring the Tobacco Epidemic
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241545082 ISBN-10    9241545089
Order Number    11500468
Price    CHF    65.00 / US$    78.00 Developing countries:    CHF    45.50
English     1998        200   pages
Uses extensive country experiences and abundant practical examples to explain how to establish comprehensive national tobacco control policies that have the greatest chance of combating the tobacco epidemic. Addressed to policy-makers who have no specialized training in epidemiology, the book aims to demystify the procedures of data collection and analysis that are an essential component of any long-term comprehensive programme for tobacco control. To this end, emphasis is placed on the collection and use of information that is easy to obtain and directly relevant to the establishment and monitoring of national policies. The basic principles that should guide a national programme are also described in detail.
The book has nine chapters presented in two parts. Chapters in the first part explain the need for national action to control tobacco use, discuss seven basic principles and seven corresponding strategies for tobacco control, and describe in detail the steps to follow in order to implement effective tobacco control programmes. Part two offers a practical guide to the collection and use of data for monitoring the tobacco epidemic and assessing health effects of tobacco use. Details range from a simple set of seven core questions recommended for assessing smoking status, through a table listing the strengths and weaknesses of four main approaches to data collection, to a step-by-step example of how to calculate the age-standardized death rate from lung cancer and the numbers of deaths caused by tobacco.
Further practical guidance is provided in a series of annexes, which include a model law on tobacco control, advice on sampling for a national prevalence survey, and several model questionnaires.