The Youth Tobacco Survey collects data from 6th to 12th grade students. The YTS measures the following components: knowledge and attitudes regarding tobacco use, exposure to media and advertising, information on the enforcement of minors' access regulations and laws, presence of tobacco programs in school curricula, cessation attempts and successes, secondhand smoke exposure, and prevalence of other tobacco products (i.e., pipe use, bidis, kreteks, and snus).
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including tobacco.
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 provides nationally representative data about middle and high school youth's tobacco-related beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and exposure to pro-and anti-tobacco influences.
The National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS) was created to assess the prevalence of tobacco use, as well as the factors promoting and impeding tobacco use among adults. NATS also establishes a comprehensive framework for evaluating both the national and state-specific tobacco control programs. The NATS questionnaire is built around the Office of Smoking and Health's Key Outcome Indicators (KOI) from each of the following four goal areas: preventing initiation of tobacco use among young people, eliminating nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting quitting among adults and young people, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.