Botswana Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2002

Botswana is not a tobacco producing country but rather a consumer of a variety of tobacco products. There is currently no specific data that links the types of the diseases and mortality to use of tobacco. There is also lack of data on consumption rates of tobacco products by various groups and population categories. To help fulfill this data gap in Botswana and other developing countries WHO through Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) and the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA developed the Global Youth Tobacco Survey in the six WHO regions. Assessing tobacco use by youth through GYTS forms an important part of the global tobacco surveillance system.