An interactive global tobacco control progress hub

On November 30, 2022, Action on Smoking and Health Canada unveiled the interactive global tobacco control progress hub. It is a very useful data visualization dashboard housed on the Tableau Public platform. This dashboard summarises all progress indicators of two global anti-tobacco campaigns: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the MPOWER. The total number of indicators amounts to over 300. We can track these indicators by the reporting country.

Les Hegan, Executive Director of ASH Canada introduced the tool via Zoom on December 1, 2022. After attending this session, I explored the dashboard.

This post covers my exploration of this global tobacco control progress hub dashboard.

The main dashboard of the global tobacco control progress hub

This link took me to the main dashboard of the Global Tobacco Control Progress Hub. The top bar, black in colour, houses the four entry points for deeper explorations: FCTC, MPOWER, COUNTRY, YEAR OF ASSESSMENT.

I chose Canada as my country of choice and 2020 as my year of choice. Following is where I entered.

The upper left corner of the dashboard

In the upper left corner of the following dashboard, you can find Canada’s reported smoking prevalence among adults and youth by gender.

Its right side shows the country on a world map. When I clicked the cursor over the county map. It reveals the overall implementation score as 67.8 per cent.

The right lower quadrant details the two tools – MPOWER and FCTC – separately by year on a bar chart.

This short video clip introduces you to the main dashboard.

WHO FCTC dashboard

By clicking the WHO FCTC, I entered its dashboard. I found a sunburst chart in the upper left corner. It summarises the progress of over 250 FCTC performance indicators. I tracked Canada’s performance progress for three years: 2016, 2018, and 2020. I found the overall score and ranking in the middle of the sunburst chart – Canada scores 176/248 and ranks 19 out of 180 countries.

The sunburst chart also provides details about each article of the FCTC from article 5 to article 22. When I clicked a specific article from the colour-coded legend of the chart, I received more information about that article, its implementation guide, and the 2020 survey results for the chosen country as PDF documents. For example, I downloaded the following fact sheet that summarises the 2020 implementation status of Article 8 of the FCTC: Protection from exposure to tobacco smoke.

I can change the reporting year from 2020 to either 2016 or 2018. When I select the article, the right side shows its progress relevant to the article. I can also compare my country of choice by region, income level and the human development index of the countries of my choice. I did this by choosing the indicator from the drop-down menu in the header bar. The results come as a bar chart and a map chart as well. This video clip guides you through this WHO FCTC dashboard.


Similarly, I entered Canada’s MPOWER indicator performance by clicking the main bar’s MPOWER icon located on the far right end of the main bar. It gives all bi-annual performances of 50 indicators grouped under colour-coded seven groups. The performance reports span from 2008 to 2020.

Similar to the FCTC dashboard, I came across a sunburst chart summarising the indicators under seven colour-coded legends: Monitor tobacco use, protect people from second-hand smoke, offer help to quit, warn (mass media), warn (packaging), enforce advertising ban, and raise tobacco taxes. At the centre of the sunburst, I found Canada’s overall score and rankings, 31/34 and 10/195 respectively. On the right side, I found a map comparing countries in the region, trends over the years, and a comparison bar chart. I can also download my findings in either PDF, PNG, or Powerpoint format. This short video clip walks you through the MPOWER dashboard.

Country comparison:

We can also create a four-country comparison of our choice as well.

anti-tobacco upstream approaches that are being implemented by each country. The project was funded by the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Tableau Public houses the dashboard. This is the link to that website:

User interactions

It also includes four blue icons at the bottom of each page, which I can click to find out about its progress, data limitations, give feedback, and user guides.

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