Current Population Survey, May 2006: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), 2006-2007 Wave (ICPSR 24781)

Published: Oct 24, 2012

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census; United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics; United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute


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CPS, May 2006

2006-2007 TUS-CPS

This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey administered as a supplement to the May 2006 questionnaire on the topic of tobacco use in the United States. The Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was also administered in August 2006 (ICPSR 24782) and January 2007 (ICPSR 24783). These three supplements comprise the 2006-2007 waves of TUS data.

The basic CPS, administered monthly, collects labor force data about the civilian noninstitutional population living in the United States. Moreover, the CPS provides current estimates of the economic status and activities of this population which includes estimates of total employment (both farm and nonfarm), nonfarm self-employed persons, domestics, and unpaid helpers in nonfarm family enterprises, wage and salaried employees, and estimates of total unemployment. Data from the CPS are provided for the week prior to the administration of the survey.

The TUS -- like most CPS supplements -- was designed to be a proxy response supplement, meaning a single respondent could provide answers for all eligible household members, provided the respondent was a household member 15 years of age or older. Unique to the TUS design were also a set of self-respondent supplement questions. All household members age 15 years and older who had completed the basic CPS core items were eligible for the May 2006 supplement items. Beginning in August 2006, 15-17 year old respondents were phased out of the TUS and they were entirely omitted from the January 2007 sample due to Census Bureau budget constraints.

The TUS consisted of items PEA1 through SINTTP. Self-respondents were eligible for the entire supplement, whereas proxy respondents were only eligible for certain items. Information was collected from proxies on topics such as smoking status (items PEA1-PEA3) and the use of other tobacco-related products, such as pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff (items PEAJ1A1-PEAJ1A4 and PEJ2A1-PEJSA4).

In addition to these smoking and other tobacco use status questions, self-respondents were queried on the following topics depending on their smoking/tobacco use status (i.e., every day, some days, or former cigarette smokers and/or users of other non-cigarette tobacco products):

  • Smoking history

  • Current cigarette smoking prevalence and consumption

  • Type of cigarettes smoked

  • Price of last pack/carton of cigarettes purchased and state of purchase

  • Medical and dental advice to quit smoking

  • Attempts and intentions to quit smoking cigarettes and/or other forms of tobacco use

  • Awareness of 1-800-QUIT-NOW

  • Workplace smoking policies and smoking rules in the home

  • Attitudes toward smoking in public places

Another generally unique feature to the 2006-2007 TUS-CPS was the administration of questions to former smokers on their previous level of addiction, use of quitlines, and advice from health professionals. This feature enables comparisons between characteristics of former smokers (or successful quitters) and current smokers attempting to quit.

Demographic information collected include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, family relationship, occupation, and income.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute. Current Population Survey, May 2006: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), 2006-2007 Wave. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-10-24.

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The 2006-2007 waves of the Tobacco Use Supplement are comprised of data from this collection, along with data collected in August 2006 (ICPSR 24782) and January 2007 (ICPSR 24783). It is recommended that all three files be used when analyzing the data at the state level. It is also important to use all three files when trying to replicate analysis done by the National Cancer Institute, as much of their analysis was based on a statistical average of all three months.

Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains not only information about the basic CPS survey, but also detailed technical documentation specific to the Tobacco Use Supplement. In particular, Attachment 8 of the User Guide contains the supplement questionnaire.

For additional information about past, current, and future National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tobacco Use Supplements and data products and publications utilizing supplement data, see the NCI Web site.

Edited universe statements for various variables are defined in either the basic or supplement record layout, which are located in Attachments 6 and 7, respectively, of the User Guide.

ICPSR removed all FILLER and PADDING variables from the data. As a result, the column locations in any ICPSR-released data product (e.g., codebook and setup files) will have column locations that are not consistent with locations described in the User Guide.

The CPS uses a multistage probability sample based on the results of the decennial census, with coverage in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The TUS is a large, nationally representative survey, which enables it to produce national, state, and some substate estimates. The probability sample selected to represent the universe consisted of 163,085 households. These include: May 2006 - 54,534; August 2006 - 55,128; and January 2007 - 53,423. The TUS collected information from approximately 237,000 respondents from within these households in the 2006/2007 survey period.

The universe changed each month due to cost considerations and some overlap of the sample. For May and August 2006 the universe consisted of all persons aged 15 and older in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States. January 2007 had a universe age of 18 and older.

Individuals within households

survey data



2012-10-24 The ASCII data for this collection have been completely replaced. The data collection has been updated to include SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files for use with the new data. Also included in the update are a corresponding SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and a tab-delimited version of the new ASCII data.

All adult records retain the basic CPS final weight, PWSSWGT, which controls for age, race, sex, Hispanic origin estimates, and individual state estimates. Use this basic final weight for tallying the labor force items.

This collection contains two special supplement weights: a supplement non-response adjustment weight (PWNRWGT), and a supplement self-response adjustment weight (PWSRWGT). Use PWNRWGT for tallying the supplement items. If interested in self-response analysis (especially for those items requiring self-response only), use PWSRWGT for tallying the supplement items.

Additional weights include:


Household weight used for tallying household characteristics and adjusts for household nonresponse.


Family weight used only for tallying family characteristics.


Longitudinal weight found only on adult records matched from month to month. Also used for gross flows analysis.


Outgoing rotation weight used for tallying information collected only in outgoing rotations (i.e., Earnings, 2nd job I and O, detailed NILF).


Veterans weight used for tallying veteran's data only, controlled to estimates of veterans supplied by VA.


Composited Final Weight used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.

Detailed information on all of the weights and how to use them when combining the other files in the 2006-2007 Wave are located in the User Guide.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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