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Tobacco use in Cuyahoga County and Cleveland - 2009

This document summarizes the most recent data sources on tobacco use for local adults, and high school and middle school students in Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Municipal Schools. These documents are stored at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods of Case Western Reserve University

Research on the use of tobacco in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County on a population level has been done primarily through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS). These survey systems are products of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Local agencies have enhanced these surveys by including additional questions to answer specific questions on tobacco use, including the use of snuff, chewing tobacco, little cigars (bidis, sweets, cigarillos) and larger cigars, especially among youth. This research started in 2002 and continues today.

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University posts all of these reports at their website, http://prchn.org/reports/

Below are the sites where the most recent reports can be found.

Adult data

At the county level, enhanced BRFSS included additional questions on tobacco products. See this report for long term trends


The best report for tobacco use among Cleveland residents was funded by the Steps To A Healthier Cleveland campaign, at



Youth data

1) Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, high school level (2009)

For Cuyahoga County, see:


For Cleveland schools, see:



2) Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, middle school level (2009)

There are middle school reports (2008) to be found in the YRBS section of the PRCHN reports page:

For Cuyahoga County, see:


For Cleveland schools, see:




Posted by db last modified September 01, 2010

Keywords: Asthma, Children, County, Local, Municipal, Respiratory Diseases, Statistics, Substance Abuse, Teens, Tobacco

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