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Key Data

South Dakota uses a variety of tools to gather key data on tobacco use. The findings help determine priority health issues, identify populations at risk, and track progress for statewide goals.

South Dakota Data

Explore the full reports listed below on the South Dakota Department of Health website.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a yearly telephone survey administered by the SD Department of Health in conjunction with the CDC. The survey collects data on the general health and health risks of South Dakota adults.

South Dakota Vital Statistics Report

The South Dakota Vital Statistics Report contains a state and county comparison of health statistics that help determine trends in health status, plan healthcare services, and make decisions about public health programs.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), developed by the CDC, is a voluntary and anonymous survey administered by the SD Department of Health to 9th-12th grade students at randomly selected high school across the state. The survey monitors priority health behaviors, including tobacco use, and helps develop effective and targeted prevention and early intervention programs for South Dakota youth.

South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey

The South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey Report (SD YTS) findings summarize current tobacco use patterns among all 6th-8th grade public, nonpublic, and tribal school students in South Dakota. The report also provides prevention strategies and recommendations for promoting cessation among South Dakota youth.

SD PRAMS-like Survey

Because South Dakota has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S, the South Dakota Department of Health uses a PRAMS-like survey to help guide the state’s services and programs for new mothers and their children.

Along with the SD PRAMS-like report and summary, infographics for breastfeeding, early prenatal care, and smoking during pregnancy are also available for download.

National Data

National Youth Tobacco Survey

The National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) administered by the CDC provides nationally representative data about middle and high school youth’s tobacco-related beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco influences. South Dakota uses this data to compare trends and set goals.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Reports

Explore the full reports listed below on the Surgeon General’s website.

2016 Surgeon General’s Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

E-cigarettes are the most used tobacco product among youth in the United States.

The report discusses:

  • Patterns of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults
  • Known health risks of e-cigarette products
  • Targeting tactics e-cigarette manufacturers use for youth and young adults
  • Strategies for minimizing the harm these products cause youth

2014 Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress

This report offers a scientific foundation for public health action directed at reducing tobacco use and preventing tobacco-related disease and premature death.