Public Health Data Inventory

Nebraska Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)


The Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) is part of the national youth tobacco surveillance system designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help states improve the capacity to design, implement and evaluate their own tobacco prevention and control programs. The YTS is a statewide survey that provides tobacco-related information not captured through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey. This information can help the state and communities plan effective youth tobacco prevention initiatives.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

YTS uses a two-stage probability sample design that is proportional to school enrollment. Nebraska public middle and high schools are randomly selected to participate, and within selected schools, specific classrooms are randomly selected. Students in selected classrooms complete the survey in one class period. The Youth Tobacco Survey data were collected for 2000, 2006, 2008, and 2010 biennially.

Related Links and Reports

CDC’s YTS website

Tobacco Free Nebraska Factsheet

History of the Nebraska Young Tobacco Survey

Data and Trends on Tobacco Use in Nebraska 2016

Nebraska High School Youth Tobacco Survey (2008)

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Tobacco Free Nebraska
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-6779

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