The World Health Organization (WHO), spearheaded by the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (OSH-CDC), developed the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), a standard instrument to assess smoking and smokeless tobacco prevalence and various other variables related to tobacco use among the youths age 13–15 years, studying in grades 8 to10. GYTS data are useful to assess the tobacco situation among the youth at one point in time but repeat surveys over time (e.g., every 3–5 years) will provide useful information for monitoring the tobacco situation and the impact of interventions among youth. In India, three rounds of the GYTS has been conducted in the past. The first round was at the state level conducted during 2000–2005 and the subsequent two rounds conducted in 2006 and 2009 were expanded to national-level surveys. For the current round, IIPS has been appointed by MoHFW as the nodal agency. The main objective of GYTS-4 is to document and monitor the prevalence of smoking and smokeless tobacco use among the youth. The survey also aims to understand and assess the students' attitudes, knowledge and behaviour towards tobacco use and its health impact, including cessation, second hand smoke, exposure to media and advertising on tobacco products. The survey adopted Probability Proportionate to Size (PPS) systematic stratified cluster sampling for selection of schools and classes. The Unified-District Information on School Education (U-DISE) database for 2017-18 was used for sampling. The survey provides estimate of tobacco prevalence at national and state levels by sex and place of residence.
The following is the GYTS – 4 Research Coordinators: