Your participation informs funding, programs, and policies that can improve health outcomes for youth in California. Nicotine can rewire a teen’s developing brain. Exposure to nicotine in adolescence has been linked with long-term learning and academic difficulties, specifically difficulty concentrating and behavioral problems. Your participation will provide up-to-date data that will be used to:
The California Youth Tobacco Survey (CYTS), (formerly known as California Student Tobacco Survey) has been conducted since 2001 by the California Department of Public Health’s California Tobacco Control Program (CDPH/CTCP). The main goal of CYTS is to obtain statewide rates of use for various tobacco products by middle and high school students in California. Marijuana use will also be assessed since tobacco and marijuana co-use has become popular. This information will inform statewide prevention and intervention efforts. CYTS is also designed to assist in the evaluation of the California Department of Education’s Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program. The California Department of Education and California Department of Public Health have partnered with RTI International to fulfill a legislative mandate to complete this data collection in California.
Participating schools will receive county-level reports on student tobacco use as well as new tobacco trends and products. Administrators will receive an invitation to a webinar to discuss reports and findings. Schools will also receive $500 for participation.
All data collected are anonymous and confidential. Neither students’ names nor any other personally identifiable information will be collected. CYTS complies with all laws and regulations, and a rigorous set of standards and procedures is in place to safeguard the privacy of participants and the confidentiality of data. Student survey responses will be collected from thousands of students across the state and responses will be combined so individual student responses may not be identified.
Schools were randomly selected by geographic region, locale, and type: public and private, including charter and magnet schools. Approximately 450 schools across California will be invited to participate in CYTS in either 2022 or 2023. Your school represents many schools in California and cannot be replaced.
At each school, classrooms will be selected randomly from a list of all homeroom classes in grades 8, 10, and 12. All students in the selected classrooms will be invited to participate, for an average of 140 students per school.
The survey is conducted by school staff, usually the classroom teacher. The survey is online and takes about 30 minutes to complete. RTI International study liaisons will provide support and training for school staff.