Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
The basic purpose of the Health Interview Survey (HIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. The Smoking Supplement file provides variables from the core Person file (see NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1979 [ICPSR 8049]) including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The variables unique to this Smoking Supplement include information on smoking status of respondents, including whether they never smoked, occasionally smoked, were former smokers, or were present smokers. Data are also supplied on number of cigarettes smoked, age when started smoking, brands smoked, number of attempts to quit smoking, and tar and nicotine levels of brands smoked.
These data are freely available.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1979: Smoking Supplement. ICPSR09212-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-02-23. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09212.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09212.v2
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).
Data Types: clinical data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
The supplements to the Health Interview Surveys may be used independently, since they incorporate the Person file data for this subset. The National Center for Health Statistics now refers to these supplements as current health topics. The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes.
These data files contain weights that must be used in any analysis.
Per agreement with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.
Sample: A multistage probability sample was used in selecting the housing units.
Weight: These data contain multiple weight variables for each part. Users should refer to the User Guide for further information regarding the weights and their derivation. Additionally, users may need to weight the data prior to analysis.
Mode of Data Collection: face-to-face 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:
- Created online analysis version with question text.
Original ICPSR Release: 1989-12-15
- 2011-02-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added. Some corresponding documentation has been updated and added.
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