Youth Tobacco Survey Data YTS

$179 / year

The YTS (Youth Tobacco Survey) was developed to provide states with comprehensive data on both middle school and high school students regarding tobacco use, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, smoking cessation, school curriculum, minors’ ability to purchase or otherwise obtain tobacco products, knowledge and attitudes about tobacco, and familiarity with pro-tobacco and anti-tobacco media messages.


YTS (Youth Tobacco Survey) collects data from students in grades 6 through 12. Individual State Departments of Health plan and implement the survey with assistance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) staff in OSH (Office on Smoking and Health). The YTS is intended to enhance the capacity of state agencies and organizations to design, implement, and evaluate tobacco prevention and control programs for the purposes of preventing young people from using tobacco and helping current users quit.

The YTS measures the following components:

– Knowledge and attitudes regarding tobacco use
– Exposure to media and advertising
– Information on the enforcement of minors’ access regulations and laws
– Presence of tobacco programs in school curricula
– Cessation attempts and successes
– Second hand smoke exposure
– Prevalence of other tobacco products (i.e., pipe use, bidis, kreteks, and snus)

The YTS Startup Package was developed in response to the continuous technical assistance being requested by states implementing the Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS). The documents are typically sent to states via email in a “zip” file. States receive the master file soon after they’ve contacted the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) expressing an interest in conducting a YTS.

The YTS uses a two-stage cluster sample design to produce representative samples of students in middle schools (grades 6–8) and high schools (grades 9–12). The data for the STATE System were extracted from Youth Tobacco Surveys from participating states. Tobacco topics included are cigarette smoking prevalence, cigarette smoking frequency, smokeless tobacco products prevalence and quit attempts. The data includes all races and all age groups.

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John Snow Labs; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System;

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Health Risk Behaviors, Tobacco Use Variables, Priority Health Risk Behaviors, Health Behaviors, Tobacco Use, YRBSS, Tobacco Use in School Kids, YTS, Youth Smoking, Tobacco Control

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Youth Tobacco Use Survey 1999-2017, Youth Exposure to Tobacco

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2017AZArizonaCessation (Youth)Percent of Current Smokers Who Want to QuitYTSMaleMiddle School34.86597028-111.7638113BEH170CES2GEN8AGE6RAC1EDUYTS022
2017AZArizonaCessation (Youth)Percent of Current Smokers Who Want to QuitYTSFemaleMiddle School34.86597028-111.7638113BEH170CES3GEN8AGE6RAC1EDUYTS033
2017AZArizonaCessation (Youth)Quit Attempt in Past Year Among Current Cigarette SmokersYTSOverallMiddle School34.86597028-111.7638113BEH169QUA1GEN8AGE6RAC1EDUYTS044
2017AZArizonaCessation (Youth)Quit Attempt in Past Year Among Current Cigarette SmokersYTSMaleMiddle School34.86597028-111.7638113BEH169QUA2GEN8AGE6RAC1EDUYTS055
2017AZArizonaCessation (Youth)Quit Attempt in Past Year Among Current Cigarette SmokersYTSFemaleMiddle School34.86597028-111.7638113BEH169QUA3GEN8AGE6RAC1EDUYTS066
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2017AZArizonaCigarette Use (Youth)Smoking StatusYTSCurrent0.71.54.3679.0MaleMiddle School34.86597028-111.7638113BEH166SSA2GEN8AGE6RAC1EDUYTS077