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Expansion of National Youth Tobacco Survey Data Analyses and Data Collection (NYTS) (Tobacco Research Collaboration Project)

Principal Investigator: Catherine Corey

Funding Mechanism: Interagency Agreement

ID number: 224-10-9022

Award Date: 8/10/2010

Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The overwhelming majority of adult tobacco users initiated tobacco use in adolescence. The goal of the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) is to assess and monitor tobacco use and the factors that influence use among youth in order to inform effective programs, policies, and regulations for tobacco use prevention. NYTS is the only national, cross-sectional survey with representative samples of middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students focusing exclusively on tobacco use and its correlates. Beginning in 2012, FDA entered into an agreement with CDC to conduct the NYTS on an annual basis, with each Agency funding alternate years. Approximately 20,000 students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be surveyed each year. Survey items will cover the following topics: susceptibility to use of a variety of tobacco products; quitting intentions and behaviors; knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions; symptoms of tobacco dependence; access to tobacco products; exposure to tobacco marketing and promotions; and exposure to health warnings. NYTS will provide national prevalence estimates of tobacco product use and key tobacco-related measures related to FDA's regulatory activities to protect youth from tobacco.