Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

National Use Data

Adult National & State-level Tobacco Use Data

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Current Estimates
  • It is estimated that one in five (20.6%) adults (46.6 million people) smoke cigarettes in the United States
  • For more information, CLICK HERE.

    National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS) provides Current Estimates of Adult Cigarette Smoking in the United States (derived from the 2004 National Health Interview Survey). For more information, CLICK HERE.
  • Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation - United States, 2008, MMWR, November 13, 2009 / 58(44); 1227-1232 available by CLICKING HERE.

    Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
  • The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a state-based system of health surveys, conducted by the 50 State Health Departments (as well as those in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury (For more information, CLICK HERE).
  • To get state-specific data on a variety of health related topics, including tobacco use CLICK HERE.
  • You can access 2 types of Prevalence data related to cigarette smoking for the Nation and by Individual States. This includes Four level smoking status (smoke everyday, smoke some days, former smoker, never smoker) and percentage of adults who are current smokers.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), formerly National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)
  • The NSDUH is an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older.
  • The NSDUH is the primary source of statistical information on the use of illegal drugs by the U.S. population.
  • The NSDUH surveys provide national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products. Additionally, the NSDUH includes measures related to mental health problems, including depression and on the co-occurrence of substance use and mental health problems.
  • State Level Data 2005, 2006, 2007 Tables for Any Tobacco Product Use in Past Month and Cigarette Use in Past Month, by Age Group and State, based on 2005, 2006 and 2007 NSDUHs, can be accessed by clicking the links below: - tobacco (2006, 2007) - cigarette (2005, 2006 & 2007)
  • 2006-2007 Figures of Past Month Tobacco Product Use and Cigarette Use by State can be accessed by clicking the links below: - tobacco - cigarette
  • 2002-2003 Figures of Past Month Tobacco Product Use and Cigarette Use by State can be accessed by clicking the links below: - tobacco - cigarette
  • 1999 State Data can be accessed by CLICKING HERE



Adolescent National & State-level Tobacco Use Data

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Current Estimates
  • Almost one-quarter (23%) of high school youth and almost one in ten (8%) of middle school youth are current cigarette smokers.
  • For more information CLICK HERE.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette use among high school students - United States, 1991–2005. MMWR. 2006: 55(26);724–726. Available by CLICKING HERE.

    Monitoring the Future (MTF)
  • Monitoring the Future is an ongoing, national study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.
  • Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE for specific data tables (including cigarette trends, drug trends, and brand preference).

    National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)
  • The National Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted by CDC in 2004, can be used to estimate current use of tobacco products and selected indicators related to tobacco use among U.S. middle school and high school students.
  • 1999 NYTS - The National Youth Tobacco Survey was conducted from September through October 1999 and found that 12.8% of middle school students and 34.8% of high school students currently use some form of tobacco (cigarettes, smokeless, cigars, pipes, bidis, or kreteks).
  • About one in 10 (9.2%) middle school students and more than a quarter (28.4%) of high school students reported being current cigarette smokers. CLICK HERE for more information.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), formerly National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)
  • The NSDUH survey collects data from U.S. persons age 12 or older and also presents data specific to underage adolescents (i.e., 12 to 17 year olds).
  • State Level Data - 2003-2004 Tables for Any Tobacco Product Use in Past Month and Cigarette Use in Past Month, by Age Group and State, based on 2003 and 2004 NSDUHs, can be accessed by clicking the links below: - tobacco - cigarette
  • 2002-2003 Figures of Past Month Tobacco Product Use and Cigarette Use by State can be found at - tobacco - cigarette


Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

  • The YRBSS website allows for search of the YRBSS National database as well as for each state.
  • CLICK HERE for information on a variety of health behaviors (including dietary behaviors, physical activity, violence, sexual behaviors, and substance use).
  • Tobacco Use items include: - Lifetime and current cigarette use - Frequency of current use - Initiation - Smoked > 10 cigarettes/day - Lifetime daily use - Smoking on school property - Attempt to quit smoking - Cigarette purchasing behavior - Other tobacco use (e.g., smokeless, cigars)
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1 Note. Not all States have all years represented. For example, New York has tobacco use data reported for 4 years (1997, 1999, 2003, and 2005), while Maryland has tobacco use data reported for only one year (2005).