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TU-2.3 Data Details

TU-2.3 Reduce use of smokeless tobacco products by adolescents (past month)

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (CDC/NCHHSTP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
8.9 (2009)
Target-Setting Method
2 percentage point improvement
Number of students in grades 9 through 12 who reported having used smokeless (chewing tobacco or snuff) tobacco on 1 or more of the 30 days preceding the survey.
Number of students in grades 9 through 12.
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System:


During the past 30 days, on how many days did you use chewing tobacco or snuff, such as Redman, Levi Garrett, Beechnut, Skoal, Skoal Bandits, or Copenhagen?


Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Students are classified as using smokeless tobacco if they report using chewing tobacco or snuff in the 30 days preceding the survey.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
The language for this measure was revised from 'spit tobacco' in HP2010 to 'smokeless tobacco' in HP2020. This revision is a result of the new tobacco products introduced, which no longer require the act of “spitting.” However, the measure used to track this objective has not changed.