A quantitative analysis of the 2015 WHO MPOWER report
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WHO Collaborating Center on Tobacco Control in EMRO, Iran, Islamic Rep. Of
Publish date: 2018-03-01
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A1
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A report of the MPOWER activities of countries worldwide is published once every two years by the WHO. Our objective was to perform a quantitative analysis of WHO report on tobacco control program in countries and regions to make a simple view of global tobacco control programs and to find best parties on it.

This was a cross-sectional study by filling out a validated check list from the 2015 WHO report (MPOWER). All 10 measures were changed to indicators and getting scores. The scores were entered independently by two individuals and a third party compared the values and confirmed their accuracy. The scores were summed and presented in a descending order.

Fifteen countries, which acquired the highest scores (85% of total 37) included Panama and Turkey with 35, Brazil and Uruguay with 34, Ireland, United Kingdom, Iran, Brunei, Argentina and Costa Rica with 33 and Australia, Nepal, Thailand, Canada and Mauritius with 32 points.

These 15 countries may indicate as a best model for other parties in implementation and enforcement of tobacco control program. Comparison of scores of different countries in this respect can be beneficial since it creates a challenge for the health policy makers to find weakness of the tobacco control programs to work on it.