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National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)

The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) datasets are available for public use, so that researchers and public health managers can explore the data in detail. In addition, states can compare their estimates of prevalence of youth tobacco use with national data.

The NYTS was designed to provide national data on long-term, intermediate, and short-term indicators key to the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. The NYTS also serves as a baseline for comparing progress toward meeting selected Healthy People 2020 goals for reducing tobacco use among youth:

  • TU–18.1—adolescent in grades 6th–12th exposed to tobacco advertisement and promotions on the Internet
  • TU–18.2—adolescent in grades 6th–12th exposed to tobacco advertisement and promotions on magazines and newspapers

Items measured as part of the NYTS survey include correlates of tobacco use such as demographics, minors' access to tobacco, and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The NYTS provides nationally representative data about middle and high school youth's—

  • Tobacco-related beliefs
  • Attitudes
  • Behaviors
  • Exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco influences

Data are available in SAS® and Microsoft Access® formats, as well as PDFs of the questionnaire, codebook, and methodology report. If you do not have Microsoft Access®, you may download a free version of EPI Info to view the datasets.

To extract the 2012 files, you must have zip software. You may download a trial version of WinZip at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) began collaborating together on the NYTS starting on the 2011 cycle year. This collaboration has made it possible to field NYTS on an annual basis since 2011, as well as, helping to fulfill tasks assigned to both federal agencies while preventing data replication. The NYTS questionnaire has a core set of questions, ranging from 45 to 50, which will be asked annually and agreed upon by both agencies. On odd numbered years, the NYTS questionnaire will more closely align to tasks assigned to OSH and on even numbered years the NYTS questionnaire will more closely align to tasks assigned to CTP.


Current NYTS Data and Documentation


Historical NYTS Data and Documentation





Please note: Notice and Correction of 2004 NYTS Data Errors.




Persons with disabilities experiencing problems accessing the NYTS information contact, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).


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