Creating a global tobacco control treaty surveillance platform
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ASH Canada, Edmonton, Canada
Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, United States of America
Publication date: 2023-04-25
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Les Hagen
ASH Canada, Edmonton, Canada
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A131
Over 180 countries have been reporting their progress on the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control since 2008. However these important datasets have not been consolidated, assembled and organized in an online, functional, user-friendly manner that can be readily accessed by all tobacco control stakeholders. The absence of a consolidated online data surveillance platform has constrained treaty monitoring, reporting and implementation.

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To address this challenge, ASH Canada and the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health created a robust, interactive online treaty monitoring platform ( The contents, capabilities, features and functions of the platform were determined in consultation with an advisory committee consisting of 15 international experts and based on the availability and contents of reporting datasets and the capabilities and limitations of the chosen data analytics software application (Tableau).

The Global Tobacco Control Progress Hub contains over 300 tobacco control indicators from over 180 countries spanning up to 12 years of reporting and representing over 400,000 datapoints. The Progress Hub includes four dashboards that allow for various data groupings, breakdowns and comparisons by country, WHO region, national personal income level and human development index gradients. The platform also includes national scoring, ranking and longitudinal results for each reporting country and the ability to compile national FCTC shadow reports.

The Global Progress Hub provides a new window on the world of FCTC implementation by providing tobacco control stakeholders with online access to the major treaty implementation datasets. This innovative open data platform allows for enhanced monitoring surveillance, reporting and implementation of the treaty.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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