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Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health

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A Collaboration between the NIH and FDA

The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study is a national longitudinal study of tobacco use and how it affects the health of people in the United States. People from all over the country take part in this study. The PATH Study, which started in 2013, is one of the first large tobacco research efforts undertaken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since Congress gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009.

49,000

people ages 12 and older are participating in the PATH Study.

Interviewers contact each person once a year or every other year.

More than 250

research papers have been published so far using PATH Study data.

About Our Participants

These numbers include only adults. The numbers are similar for the 12- to - 17 year-old participants.

51%

Women

49%

Men

33%

18 to 24

21%

25 to 34

13%

35 to 44

12%

45 to 54

21%

55+

80%

Not Hispanic or Latino

20%

Hispanic or Latino

72%

White

17%

Black or African American

3%

Asian

8%

Other, including multi-racial

23%

West

24%

Midwest

38%

South

15%

Northeast

79%
Urban

21% Non-Urban

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