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Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States.1 Smoking can harm nearly every organ in a smoker's body and also affects non-smokers exposed through secondhand smoke.2

1. Office on Smoking and Health, CDC, 7/11/17.
2. Health Effects, Office on Smoking and Health, CDC, 2/9/17.
Tobacco use is tracked using a range of surveys. Some examples include:
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
  • State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System (STATE)
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
  • Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)

For more information on tracking tobacco use health objectives, visit the Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Use page.

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