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Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS)

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In 2006, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution. The voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring the Florida Legislature to appropriate 15 percent of the tobacco settlement payment (adjusted annually for inflation) to fund the comprehensive statewide tobacco education and use program.

The 2007 Florida Legislature passed Section 381.84, Florida Statutes, implementing the constitutional amendment and directing the Department of Health to create a comprehensive statewide tobacco education and use prevention program consistent with the CDC Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. In addition, the statute established a Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council to provide advice to the State Surgeon General on the direction and scope of the program. Membership of the council includes tobacco prevention experts ranging from state medical school deans to representatives of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and other tobacco prevention and cessation advocates.

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The Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS) tracks indicators of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among Florida public middle and high school students and provides data for monitoring and evaluating tobacco use among youth for the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Prevention and Control.  The first FYTS was administered in 1998.  Since then, the FYTS has been conducted annually by the Florida Department of Health.  County-level data have been collected in even years since 2000, with the exception of 2004.  The FYTS has become a part of the Florida Youth Survey (FYS), which includes the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), the Middle School Health Behavior Survey (MSHBS), and the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS).  The FYTS has been supported by many agencies, including the Florida Departments of Education, Children and Families, and Juvenile Justice, school districts throughout the state, and the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC. 

Questions Asked in FYTS: The following topics are asked in this survey: 1) Demographic information (age, gender, grade, race/ethnicity, weight, and height); 2) Tobacco use (cigarette, smokeless tobacco, cigar, bidis, and kreteks), tobacco sources, quitting attempts; 3) Secondhand smoke exposure; 4) Tobacco use prevention education; 5) Students’ thoughts about tobacco use (tendency to use in the future, health attitudes toward tobacco use, social attitudes toward tobacco use); 6) Awareness of anti-tobacco media and influence from tobacco companies; 7) Perceptions of tobacco laws in Florida.

Sampling Methods: The FYTS is a statewide, school-based confidential survey of Florida’s public middle and high school students, which is administrated in the spring of each calendar year.  It is based on a two-stage cluster probability sample design.  First, a random sample of public middle schools and high schools is selected for participation in the survey.  Second, within each selected school, a random sample of classrooms is selected, and all students in those classes are invited to participate in the survey.  The responses of the survey participants are calculated to reflect the prevalence of tobacco usage in Florida public middle and high school students. 

Target Population: Florida public middle and high school students (6-12 grade levels)

Data Analysis: Since the FYTS is based on a two-stage cluster probability sampling methodology rather than a simple random sample, SUDAAN or advanced components of SAS or other statistical programs are recommended for the data analysis.  Confidence interval is an important measure of statistical significance and very useful when making comparison between data.

Data Analysis Report

If you want our statisticians to conduct analysis for you and provide you with the results, please send your request to:   

Florida Youth Survey Coordinator
Bureau of Epidemiology
Division of Disease Control and Health Protection
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1720
Telephone: (850) 245-4444 ext. 2424
Fax: (850) 922-9299

In your request, please explain precisely which question(s) or variable(s) are of interest and how to analyze the data (e.g. data year, age or racial/ethnic group, region, etc.).  All requests will be processed in a timely manner on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your study is finished, please provide a courtesy copy of any articles and/or reports to the Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology based on the FYTS data provided from the request.

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law.  Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request.  Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

Dataset Request
If you would like to conduct data analysis, datasets are available in SAS, SPSS, or Excel format.  To submit a data request, please fill out the data sharing agreement form located at the link below and fax to 850-922-9299, to the attention of the Chronic Disease Section Administrator.

Data Sharing Agreement Form