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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer on (404) 498-1210.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments to Anne O'Connor, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project: National Youth Tobacco Survey—New—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The proposed project is the 2004 national school-based National Youth Tobacco Survey. The purpose of this request is to obtain OMB approval to continue a biennial survey among junior and senior high school students attending regular public, private, and Catholic schools in grades 6-12. This survey was previously funded by the American Legacy Foundation in 1999, 2000, and 2002. The survey covers the following tobacco-related topics: Prevalence of use (cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipe, bidis, and kreteks), knowledge and attitudes, media and advertising, minors' access and enforcement, school curriculum, environmental tobacco smoke exposure, and cessation. Tobacco use, a major preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S., is one of the 28 focus areas in Healthy People 2010. Within the Healthy People 2010 focus area of tobacco use, the National Youth Tobacco Survey provides data relevant to six health objectives. The survey also provides data to monitor one of the 10 Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010 that addresses tobacco use. In addition, the National Youth Tobacco Survey can identify racial and ethnic disparities in tobacco-related topics listed above. The National Youth Tobacco Survey is the most comprehensive source of nationally Start Printed Page 43728representative data regarding high school students and tobacco. Moreover, the National Youth Tobacco Survey is the only source of such national data for middle school students (grades 6-8). The data have significant implications for policy and program development for school health programs nationwide.

To provide contextual data, in each participating school, the principal or another designated administrator will be asked to complete a questionnaire on the school's tobacco-related policies. The lead health teacher identified by the principal will be asked to complete a questionnaire on the school's tobacco-related programs and curricula.

The only cost to respondents is their time to complete the survey.

RespondentsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per responses (in hrs.)Total burden (in hrs.)
Students24,500145/6018,375
School Administrator Arrangements236130/60118
School Administrator Policy Survey236120/6079
School Teacher Program Survey236120/6079
Total18,651
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Dated: July 17, 2003.

Nancy E. Cheal,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 03-18800 Filed 7-23-03; 8:45 am]

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