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The California Educator Tobacco Survey
The California Educator Tobacco Survey (CETS) provides educators with a chance to share their front-line perspectives on issues including tobacco, vape, and marijuana use and prevention.

Please note: The information on this page relates to the past 2019-20 CETS administration.
Future cycles of this survey may differ slightly in administration and design.

About the Survey

The California Educator Tobacco Survey (CETS) is currently administered biennially alongside the California Student Tobacco Survey (CSTS).

The goal of the CETS is to provide useful context on tobacco use and prevention in California schools and to inform program recommendations to the state. The survey gives educators the opportunity to share their observations and viewpoints on student use of tobacco and marijuana products. Educators are also welcomed to share ideas for improving the effectiveness of prevention programs.

Since the educator survey is administered in parallel with the student survey, the CETS permits a unique comparison of attitudes between students and educators and between schools with and without funding for Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE).


The purpose of the CETS is to understand what educators at schools think is needed to deal with student use of cigarettes, vapes (JUUL, Suorin, and others), smokeless tobacco, and marijuana.

Administration of the CETS is simple.

  • Once a school has completed administration of the student survey, UCSD will send an email invitation containing a link to the educator survey.
  • UCSD asks that each school principal (or similar administrator) forward the email to certificated staff (teachers, administrators, and counselors) and copy us at
  • UCSD will take care of sending subsequent follow-up/reminder emails to ensure participation rates are met.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team at

General Information

The purpose of the CETS is to better understand what kinds of methods and programs educators believe are necessary for reducing student use of cigarettes, vapes (JUUL, Suorin, etc.), smokeless tobacco, and marijuana.

The survey is conducted as part of a contract between the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and its funding agencies, including the California Department of Education (CDE). In combination with student data from the CSTS, the CETS provides a valuable point of comparison between statewide data on student prevalence rates and educator perspectives and opinions.

The survey is conducted by the California School Tobacco Project team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The California Educator Tobacco Survey is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE), Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), and California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP).

We ask that only school staff whose role includes regular interaction with students take this survey. Typically, this means certificated staff such as teachers, counselors, and administrators.

(Note: the survey is not currently designed for TUPE staff at the district or county level).

The survey covers topics such as tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the school level, culture of tobacco use in schools, knowledge and attitudes about emerging tobacco products (like cigarillos, vapes, and hookah) and marijuana, as well as opinions about the role schools can and should play in tobacco-use cessation and prevention.

The latest administration of the California Educator Tobacco Survey will occur during the 2019-2020 school year.

The CETS has been administered since 2016. This is the third time that UCSD has been contracted to administer the survey. The first and second surveys were completed in 2016 and 2018–19. The third administration will occur during the 2019–2020 school year in conjunction with the administration of the student tobacco survey (CSTS).

The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. We appreciate your taking the time to share your insights.

If your school has completed the 2019-2020 student tobacco survey (CSTS), you will receive an email with an invitation to participate in the educator survey. Click on the link provided within the email and answer the 15-20 minute survey. Submit once complete.

Yes, the information you give us during the survey will be kept confidential as provided by law.

You may skip any question you prefer not to answer. If you give us your name, your name and the name of your school will be stored separately from your answers to the survey questions, although if there were a data breach, the confidentiality of your information could be compromised.

We will keep all information related to the study for 10 years in locked cabinets and secure computer files. A number will be assigned to your survey at the start of the project and this number will be used instead of your name for record keeping and data analysis.  A number will also be assigned instead of the name of your school.

You may see the full consent form (link provided in the survey) for more information.

Yes. This project is approved by both the University of California, San Diego’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the California state IRB (Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects).

Have a comment or another question not answered here? Our team is happy to help – send us an email at We look forward to hearing from you!

2021-22 CETS Results
Click to view the CETS 2021-22 Profile
2019-20 CETS Results
Click to view the CETS 2019-20 Profile
2018-19 CETS Results
Previous Surveys
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