[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Pages 47740-47741]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22202]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[60Day-17-0621; Docket No. CDC-2017-0092]

Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice with comment period.


SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part 
of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the 
utility of government information, invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or 
continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on the proposed 
revision of the information collection project entitled National Youth 
Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) 2018-2020, which aims to collect data on tobacco 
use among middle- and high school students.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 12, 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2017-
0092 by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review 
Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road 
NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and Docket Number. CDC will post, without change, all relevant comments 
to Regulations.gov.
    Please note: Submit all Federal comments through the Federal 
eRulemaking portal (regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address 
listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan 
and instruments, contact Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection 
Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton 
Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of 
information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires 
Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register 
concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new 
proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of 
information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information 
collection before submitting the collection to the OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a 
proposed data collection as described below.
    The OMB is particularly interested in comments that will help:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.
    5. Assess information collection costs.

Proposed Project

    National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) 2018-2020 (OMB Control Number 
0920-0621, expires 01/31/2018)--Revision--National Center for Chronic 
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death 
in the United States, and nearly all tobacco use begins during youth 
and young adulthood. A limited number of health risk behaviors, 
including tobacco use, account for the overwhelming majority of 
immediate and long-term sources of morbidity and mortality. Because 
many health risk behaviors are established during adolescence, there is 
a critical need for public health programs directed towards youth, and 
for information to support these programs.
    Since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
has periodically collected information about tobacco use among 
adolescents (National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) 2004, 2006, 2009, 
2011, 2012, 2013-2017, OMB Control Number 0920-0621). This surveillance 
activity builds on previous surveys funded by the American Legacy 
Foundation in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
    At present, the NYTS is the most comprehensive source of nationally 
representative tobacco data among students in grades 9-12, moreover, 

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NYTS is the only source of such data for students in grades 6-8. The 
NYTS has provided national estimates of tobacco use behaviors, 
information about exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco influences, and 
information about racial and ethnic disparities in tobacco-related 
topics. CDC uses the information collected through the NYTS to identify 
trends over time, to inform the development of tobacco cessation 
programs for youth, and to evaluate the effectiveness of existing 
interventions and programs.
    CDC plans to request OMB approval to conduct additional cycles of 
the NYTS in 2018, 2019, and 2020. CDC will conduct the survey among 
nationally representative samples of students attending public and 
private schools in grades 6-12, and administer to students either as an 
optically scannable booklet of multiple-choice questions or as a 
digitally-based survey. CDC will also collect information supporting 
the NYTS from state-, district-, and school-level administrators and 
teachers. During the 2018-2020 timeframe, changes will be incorporated 
that reflect CDC's ongoing collaboration with FDA and the need to 
measure progress toward meeting strategic goals established by the 
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Information 
collection will occur annually and may include a number of new 
questions, as well as increased representation of minority youth.
    The survey will examine the following topics: Use of cigarettes, 
cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, hookahs, pipes, 
bidis, snus, and dissolvable tobacco products; knowledge and attitudes; 
media and advertising; access to tobacco products and enforcement of 
restrictions on access; secondhand smoke including e-cigarette aerosol 
exposure; provision of school- and community-based interventions, and 
    CDC will continue to use the results of the NYTS to inform and 
evaluate the National Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program; provide 
data to inform the Department of Health and Human Service's Tobacco 
Control Strategic Action Plan, and provide national benchmark data for 
state-level Youth Tobacco Surveys. CDC also expects the information 
collected through the NYTS to provide multiple measures and data for 
monitoring progress on six of the 20 tobacco-related objectives (TU-2, 
3, 7, 11, 18, and 19) for Healthy People 2020.
    CDC seeks to request a three-year OMB approval. There are no costs 
to respondents other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
      Type of respondent            Form name       respondents    responses per   response (in     (in hours)
                                                                    respondent        hours)
State Administrators..........  State-level                   38               1           30/60              19
                                 Script for the
District Administrators.......  District-level               153               1           30/60              77
                                 Script for the
School Administrators.........  School-level                 240               1           30/60             120
                                 Script for the
Teachers......................  Data Collection              973               1           15/60             243
Students......................  National Youth            24,000               1           45/60          18,000
                                 Tobacco Survey.
                                Testing                      150               1           31/60              78
    Total.....................  ................  ..............  ..............  ..............          18,537

Leroy A. Richardson,
Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific 
Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the 
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2017-22202 Filed 10-12-17; 8:45 am]