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Research

pie charts, bar graphs, and other charts scattered on a tableWhat is the latest tobacco research? In this section you will find:

Key Reports

See the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended reports on topics related to tobacco use and smoking-related research results.

Reports of the Surgeon General on Tobacco, 1964 - Present
The reports of the Surgeon General on tobacco alert the nation to the health risk of smoking.

HHS Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan
The HHS national tobacco control strategic plan serves as a roadmap for reducing the adult smoking rate to 12 percent by 2020, a goal of the Healthy People. See the 2012 Progress Report.

Tobacco Control Monograph Series: Public Health Issues in Smoking and Tobacco Use Control, 1991-Present
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides information about emerging public health issues in smoking and tobacco use control.

Tobacco Control State Highlights Report 2010
To help policymakers with decision making, this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report provides state-specific data highlighting how some states reduce smoking rates using evidence-based strategies.

Cancer Trends Progress Report - 2009/2010 Update
This Cancer Trends Progress Report from the NIH monitors trends in tobacco use and shows the progress made in reducing secondhand smoke exposure.

2010 Synar Reports: Youth Tobacco Sales
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (SAMHSA) report reviews trends in tobacco sales to minors. It also reviews states' compliance with the Synar Amendment, which requires youth tobacco access law enforcement.

Research Reports:  Tobacco Addiction
This 2009 report by the NIH  discusses the harmful effects of tobacco use, risks associated with pregnancy and adolescents, as well as best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction.

Expert Panel Addresses High Rates of Smoking in People with Psychiatric Disorders, 2008
This study by the NIH reviews current literature and identifies research needed to understand the relationship between mental health and tobacco use. It aims to improve treatment to reduce the rates of illness from smoking in the mentally ill.

Data & Statistics

See HHS’s recommended resources on tobacco use and smoking-related data and statistics.

CDC Vital Signs: Tobacco Use, Smoking, Secondhand Smoke
CDC Vital Signs offers recent data on the important health topics of key diseases, conditions, or risk factors.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs), 1999 - Present
The are CDC’s smoking and tobacco use morbidity and mortality weekly reports.

Smoking and Tobacco Use: Surveys
This CDC page provides international, national, and state-level tobacco surveys.  Also available is an interactive application that houses and displays current and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control.

Smoking and Tobacco Use: Data & Statistics
This CDC page provides data collected on smoking and tobacco use in youth and adults, and other specific populations as well as information on economic impact, global impact, health effects, cessation and interventions, secondhand smoke, smokeless tobacco, and the tobacco industry and related products.

Smoking and Tobacco Use:  Tables, Charts, and Graphs
This CDC page provides adult smoking and tobacco use data, economic information, health effects, and trends.

Specific Populations

See these HHS resources and initiatives related to tobacco use and smoking among specific populations.

Adult Smoking. Focusing on People with Mental Illness
This CDC Vital Signs report, released in collaboration with SAMHSA, provides data on smoking among adults with mental illness. 

Adults with Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorder Account for 40 Percent of All Cigarettes Smoked
This SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Data Spotlight provides data on smoking among adults with mental illness or substance use disorders.

Minority Health Surveillance- REACH U.S. 2009
The CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey focuses on black, Hispanic, Asian (including Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander), and American Indian (AI) populations.

NIH’s Tobacco Research Network on Disparities Site exit disclaimer
The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) aims to help understand and eliminate health disparities related to tobacco.

Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke Exposure
This Women’s Health USA 2011 report, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), highlights the difference in secondhand smoke exposure between income levels and ethnicities.

Smoking and Tobacco Use:  Specific Populations
This CDC page provides data on smoking and tobacco use among specific populations including African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics among others.   

Fact Sheets

See these HHS fact sheets for summary research results related to tobacco use and smoking.

CDC Fact Sheets:  Smoking and Tobacco Use
This CDC page provides fact sheets on a range of topics including smoking and tobacco use in youth, young adults, and adults as well as information on economic impact, health effects, secondhand smoke, smokeless tobacco, and the tobacco industry and related products.

NIH Fact Sheets: Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
This NIH page provides fact sheets on a range of topics including cancer risk from light cigarettes, cigars, secondhand smoke, and smokeless tobacco as well as the benefits of quitting smoking and quitting tips.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are scientific studies to find better ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Learn more about clinical trials.

Tobacco-related clinical trials include quitting, secondhand smoke, and smoking among youth. These tobacco and smoking-related clinical trials are currently recruiting participants: