In 2017, the Knowledge Hub carried out a desk survey of the implementation of Article 20 by the FCTC Parties. The desk study utilized Parties’ reports from the 2016 reporting cycle. The study made note of Parties’ achievements and areas for further improvement. A series of graphs were produced for the study report to show how the Parties had reported the implementation of Article 20.

In terms of the progress, half of the responding Parties provided a brief description of the progress they have made since the last reporting cycle. The types of progress reported include continued long-term work, legislative and organizational changes in high-income economies, development of surveys or research particularly in middle-income economies and improved participation in exchange of information in low-income economies.

With regard to prevalence surveys, the study found out that high-income economies tend to conduct more independent national surveys, while lower income economies are more reliant on international programs. The most commonly conducted international surveys are also frequently mentioned in Parties’ plans for the future.

All in all, the study’s findings emphasize the need for strengthened action and support for national tobacco surveillance especially in low- and middle-income countries among the Parties to the WHO FCTC.

The report of the desk study is available here.