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National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey, 2003-2005 (ICPSR 34275)

Principal Investigator(s): Giovino, Gary A., State University of New York. University at Buffalo; Barker, Dianne C., Barker Bi-Coastal Health Consultants, Inc.


This two-year longitudinal telephone survey interviewed tobacco smokers aged 16 to 24 years at baseline about their smoking cessation activity and related topics. Specific aims were: (1) To establish national baseline estimates for various indicators of smoking cessation activity among this age group for comparison with future surveys on the same topic; (2) To describe their natural history of quitting in a nationally representative sample; and (3) To develop statistical models predicting: making a quit attempt, maintaining abstinence, and selecting various quitting strategies. Respondents were interviewed at baseline, six-month follow-up, twelve-month follow-up, and 24-month follow-up. Topics covered by the questionnaires include smoking and use of other tobacco products; attitudes towards smoking and nicotine replacement therapy; patterns of quitting and discontinuance; methods of quitting and reasons for not quitting; lifestyle (alcohol use, physical activity level, weight loss, risk orientation, school performance, movie viewing); psychosocial issues (perceived stress, depressive symptoms, Attention-Deficit Disorder/Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder); smoking environment including parents'/guardians' smoking behaviors, quit attempts, and attitudes about the respondent's smoking; and tobacco marketing (use of or interest in promotional items and awareness of advertisements). Demographic information collected by the survey includes age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, educational attainment, school enrollment, employment, income, and language spoken at home.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Baseline Data - Download All Files (8.514 MB)
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DS2:  Six-Month Follow-Up Data - Download All Files (4.494 MB)
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DS3:  Twelve-Month Follow-Up Data - Download All Files (5.86 MB)
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DS4:  24-Month Follow-Up Data - Download All Files (5.767 MB)
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Study Description


Giovino, Gary A., and Dianne C. Barker. National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey, 2003-2005. ICPSR34275-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-05-24.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (41052)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    addiction, adolescents, smoking, smoking cessation, tobacco use, young adults

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003--2005

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003--2005

Universe:    Persons aged 16-24 years residing in households in the 50 states and District of Columbia who smoked 20 or more lifetime cigarettes and had smoked in the previous 30 days.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data files can be merged by matching on the common identification variable ID.



A nationally representative sample of households with telephones was randomly selected using a single-stage un-clustered list-assisted random digit dialing method. Non-Hispanic African Americans and Hispanics were oversampled to guarantee adequate sample sizes. More than one eligible smoker could participate per household.

The baseline survey was conducted during June-November 2003, the six-month interview during January-June 2004, the twelve-month interview during June-November 2004, and the 24-month interview during June-December 2005.

All of the respondents who completed the baseline interview were eligible for the twelve-month and 24-month interviews. However, only 75 percent of them were randomly selected for the 6-month interview.

Time Method:    Longitudinal

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:    Approximately 85,000 households were contacted for study eligibility. Based on Council of American Survey Research Organizations guidelines, the overall screener response rate to determine age-eligible households was 60 percent. Among eligible households, 69.6 percent (n=2,582) of smokers aged 16-24 years completed the baseline survey. Including the screener response rate, the overall response rate was 41.8 percent. Approximately 62.9 percent (n=1,218) of the 75 percent sample of baseline respondents selected for the six-month survey completed the six-month interview. Among all baseline respondents, 65.7 percent (n=1,696) completed the 12-month interview and 55.4 percent (n=1,431) completed the 24-month interview.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-05-24

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