Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Each year, over 400,000 people nationwide die from tobacco-related illnesses. In Arkansas, tobacco use claims more than 4,900 lives annually.
Preventing initiation of smoking in youth and young adults as well as promoting cessation among all smokers is important. The Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS) is one tool used to monitor smoking prevalence and cessation.
The Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) is one used to monitor and measure outcomes related to the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products among young people in grades 6 through 12 in Arkansas.