Global Tobacco SurveyGlobal Youth Tobacco Survey: GYTS is a school-based survey that collects data on students ages 13–15 and provides smoking prevalence rates. The GYTS surveillance system is intended to enhance the capacity of countries to design, implement, and evaluate tobacco control and prevention programs.


World Health OrganizationHealth Behavior in School Aged Children Cross National Study: HBSC is a cross-national research study conducted every four years. This study of 11-15 year old children aims to gain new insight into, and increase our understanding of young people’s health and well-being, health behaviors and their social context. The study asks questions about smoking prevalence and age of initiation. Data is not publicly available online but access can be requested.


Global School Based Student Health Survey (GSHS): The Global school-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) is a collaborative surveillance project designed to help countries measure and assess the behavioral risk factors and protective factors in 10 key areas including tobacco use among young people aged 13 to 15 years.


The Tobacco AtlasBoys Cigarette Use Globally: This interactive map from the Tobacco Atlas allows you to view the percent of boys who smoke cigarettes by country.

Girls Cigarette Use Globally: This interactive map from The Tobacco Atlas allows you to view the percent of girls who smoke cigarettes by country.


SurU.S. Public Health Servicegeon General’s Report: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Kids: This 2012 Surgeon General’s report examines in detail the epidemiology, health effects, and causes of tobacco use among youth ages 12 through 17 and young adults ages 18 through 25.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Synar Report: Tobacco Sales to Youth:This 2011 SAMHSA Report presents findings on compliance of the Synar Amendment aimed at decreasing youth access to tobacco.  Reviews progress in enforcing State youth tobacco access laws and in reducing the percentage of retailers selling tobacco products to minors.


State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System: The STATE System, developed by CDC Office of Smoking and Health, is an interactive application that houses and displays current and historical state-level data on tobacco. Trend data, interactive maps, and state comparisons are available for topics such as youth cigarette use and cessation, sales to minors, and legislation for smoke-free school campuses.


Monitoring the Future: Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students based on annual surveys of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students as well as annual follow-up questionnaires after graduating.


Tobacco Free KidsSmoking and Kids Fact Sheet: Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids Fact Sheet on smoking and kids.

Smokeless Tobacco and Kids: Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids report on smokeless tobacco use among youth.