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National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)


The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) is a school-based survey that collects information on tobacco use and related behaviors and attitude from middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students. NTYS includes measures on prevalence of youth tobacco use, smoking cessation, tobacco-related knowledge and attitudes, access to tobacco, media and advertising, and secondhand smoke exposure.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC/NCCDPHP/OSH)

Data Years Available





Survey conducted in middle and high schools.

Selected Content

Use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products within the past 30 days.

Population covered

U.S. students in grades 6 through 12.


NYTS uses a three-stage cluster sampling design to generate a cross-sectional, nationally-representative sample of students in grades 6-12 from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data are adjusted for nonresponse and weighted to produce national prevalence estimates, while accounting for the complex survey design.

Response rate and sample size

In 2009, of 222 randomly sampled schools, 205 participated; of 24,266 students randomly selected at participating schools, 22,679 participated, yielding an overall response rate of 84.8 percent.

Interpretation Issues

Since these data were collected from youths attending middle and high school, they may not be representative of all youths in the U.S. Youths who have dropped out of school are more likely to smoke than youths who are in school.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tobacco Use among Middle and High School Students -- United States, 2000-2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2007. 59(33); 1,063-1,068.