• Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco smoking among females aged ≥ 15 years, WHO estimates (Line chart)
  • Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco smoking among people aged 15 years and over, females (WHO estimates) (%) (Map)
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Indicators for monitoring Health 2020 policy targets (WHO)

Health 2020 core indicators were agreed by the WHO European Region Member States for monitoring progress towards the Health 2020 targets. Some of these indicators are based on official WHO sources and other are based on non-WHO sources, such as UNESCO and UNDP. Data from WHO sources can be accessed and queried at national level, while data from non-WHO sources is available in aggregated form, for groups of Member States.

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Targets and indicators for Health 2020 version 3:

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(2) 1.1.b. Age-standardized prevalence of current (includes both daily and nondaily or occasional) tobacco use among people aged 18 years and over

The prevalence of current tobacco use among adults is an important measure of the health and economic burden of tobacco, and provides a baseline for evaluating the effectiveness of tobacco control programmes over time. Adjusted and age-standardized prevalence rates are constructed solely for the purpose of comparing tobacco-use prevalence estimates across multiple countries or across multiple time periods for the same country. These rates should not be used to estimate the number of smokers in the population.

Current prevalence estimates for use of any tobacco product are derived from the results of the latest adult tobacco-use survey (or a survey that asks tobaccouse questions), adjusted using the WHO regression method for standardization described in the section on method of estimation below. “Tobacco use” includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other tobacco products. “Current use” includes both daily and non-daily or occasional use.

1) Current tobacco use includes both daily use and non-daily or occasional use. 2) The Health 2020 definition for this indicator is current tobacco use among people aged 18 years and over. The definition applied in the source from which these data were taken is not completely identical (tobacco smoking instead of tobacco use and in people aged 15 years and over instead of in people aged 18 years and over). 3) The data presented here are WHO estimates, and not official statistics reported by countries to WHO.

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