Community Health Assessment: About Tobacco Use Data

Tobacco Use


State Level Indicators

Data Source: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
  • Percent High School Students Who Were Current Smokers
Data Source: Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)
  • Percent High School and Middle School Students Who Were Current or Frequent Smokers
Data Source: Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS)
  • Percent Population 18+ Who Smoke
Data Source: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
  • Percent Pregnant Women Who Smoke

High School Students Who Smoked During Past 30 Days (Youth Risk Behavior Survey-YRBS)
The YRBS is a survey of public high school students developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered in New York State by the NYS Department of Education. The survey is conducted every two years. Each time a new sample of schools and students is selected. The survey asks high school students (grade 9-12) questions concerning health-risk behaviors. Specifically students were asked if they smoked on one or more days during the past 30 days.

For more information, contact the Public Health Information Group at (518)474-2543.

High School and Middle School Students Who Were Current or Frequent Smokers (NYS Youth Tobacco Survey)
The NYS Tobacco Control Program administers the YTS to students in grades 6 through 12 in Public and private schools on a biennial basis.Tobacco use is defined as follows: current use - students that smoked a cigarette on one or more of the past 30 days; and frequent use - students that smoked cigarettes on 20 or more of the past 30 days.

For more information, contact Harlan Juster of Tobacco Surveillance Evaluation and Research at (518)473-0673.

Adult Smokers (NYS Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System-BRFSS)
The BRFSS is a telephone based survey that collects information on self-reported health related behaviors. All data relates to adults 18 years of age and older. Smoking is defined as respondents who reported that they have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke.

For more information, contact the BRFSS Coordinator at (518)473-0673.

Pregnant Women Smoking (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System-PRAMS)
PRAMS is an ongoing population based survey of mothers and babies residing in New York State (excluding NYC). PRAMS is sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The prevalence rate is defined as having smoked during the last 3 months of pregnancy.

For more information, contact the Public Health Information Group at (518)474-2543.