SC Tobacco Use Data

Commercial tobacco use remains the single largest avoidable risk factor for disease and premature death in the United States and in South Carolina.

The use of cigarettes, dip/chew, cigars, e-cigarettes/vapes, and other commercial tobacco products can lead to severe chronic diseases and lung injury. Smoking causes diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases like COPD. Tobacco use can also cause many different types of cancer anywhere in the body. 

The public health work conducted by the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control is data-driven. Regular tobacco surveillance helps identify commercial tobacco use-related health disparities and effectively implement meaningful commercial tobacco prevention and control strategies that include:

  • Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and vaping aerosol (SHS/VA)
  • Increasing access to cessation resources and support
  • Working to acknowledge, educate, and collaboratively address drivers of commercial tobacco use-related health disparities
  • Reducing youth access to commercial tobacco and other harmful nicotine products

Available Data


SC Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS)


SC Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)



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