Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The Pennsylvania Youth Survey - or PAYS - is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. 

Highlights of PAYS Data - 2019 Compared to 2017:

  • In 2019, 57.3% of 6th grade students responded "I don't know" to what substances they are vaping, as compared to 69.1% in 2017.
  • In 2019, 46.4% of 12th grade students in Bucks County who responded are vaping marijuana or hash oil, as compared to 32.9% in 2017.
  • In 2019, Bucks County student percentages for vaping nicotine and marijuana or hash oil are higher than state percentages. In 2017, Bucks County student percentages for vaping just flavoring, nicotine, and marijuana or hash oil were all higher than state percentages.
  • In 2019, vaping rates for 30-day use decreased for all grades except 6th grade. All grade 30-day use is 16.8% .

Click here to view our 2019 Bucks County PAYS Data Overview.