Notes Blog

Unlike the printed edition of the Atlas, will undergo periodic refresh and updating to reflect emerging evidence and any corrections. The Notes blog will detail these discrepancies. Visit

Front matter

About the authors

Forewords (.pdf)

Authors' Preface (.pdf)

Acknowledgments (.pdf)


World Lung Foundation, American Cancer Society and the authors are thankful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for their support of The Tobacco Atlas, 4th Edition, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their dedication to tobacco control.


Using Atlas data/ Citation:

We welcome you to use the information, data and statistics from the Tobacco Atlas to further tobacco control. Please use the recommended citation:

Eriksen M, Mackay J, Ross H. The Tobacco Atlas. Fourth Ed. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; New York, NY: World Lung Foundation; 2012. Also available at

More content

History of Tobacco

Glossary (.pdf)


Data, Sources and methods

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World Tables: Google Spreadsheet

World Tables

Sources and Methods

Please note that there may be some discrepencies between .pdfs

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