Years Available
2000 to present
2000 to 2010: biennial. 2011 to present: annual.
Mode of Collection
Sample survey: self-administered questionnaire.
The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) is a school-based survey that collects information on tobacco use from middle school (grades 6 to 8) and high school (grades 9 to 12) students. NYTS includes measures on tobacco-related behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco influences. Since 2011, the survey has been a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC, OSH) and the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products (FDA, CTP). The NYTS questionnaire has a core set of 45 to 50 questions, which are asked annually and agreed upon by both agencies. In odd numbered years, the NYTS questionnaire is more closely aligned to tasks assigned to OSH, while in even numbered years the NYTS questionnaire focuses on tasks assigned to CTP.
Population Covered
U.S. students in grades 6 through 12.