Current Population Survey, August 2010: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), 2010 - 2011 Wave (ICPSR 36409)

Published: Jul 5, 2016

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. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute


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CPS, August 2010

This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS) survey sponsored by The National Cancer Institute (NCI). The TUS 2010-2011 Wave consists of four collections: May 2010, August 2010, January 2011, and May 2010-May 2011.

The Current Population Survey, administered monthly, is the source of the official government statistics on employment and unemployment. From time to time, additional questions are included on health, education, and previous work experience.

Similar to other CPS supplements, the Tobacco Use Supplement was designed for both proxy and self-respondents. All CPS household members aged 18 and older who had completed CPS core items were eligible for the supplement items. Both proxy and self-respondents were asked about their smoking status and the use of other tobacco products. For self-respondents only, different questions were asked depending on their tobacco use status; for former/current smokers, questions were asked about type of cigarettes smoked, measures of addiction, attempts to quit smoking, methods and treatments used to quit, cost of cigarettes, age initiating everyday cigarette smoking and the state of residence at that time, etc. Current smokers were asked whether the medical and dental community had advised them to quit smoking, and if they were planning to quit in the future. All self-respondents were asked about smoking policy at their work place and their attitudes towards smoking in different locations.

Demographic information within the study includes 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, and United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute. Current Population Survey, August 2010: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), 2010 - 2011 Wave. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-07-05.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute




This collection is related to other 2010-2011 CPS Tobacco Use Supplements; it is recommended that all monthly files be used when analyzing data at the state level. The three ICPSR study numbers to use together are 36384 (May 2010), 36409 (August 2010), and 36416 (January 2011). It is important to use all of the 2010-2011 supplement 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.

Additionally, these monthly tobacco supplements are related to a longitudinal cohort, ICPSR 36434 (May 2010-2011), which contains a matched set of records from May 2010 and May 2011, and special overlap sample weights.

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 and CPS Web site.

The current CPS sample is selected based on information from the 2000 census. The first stage of the sample design created 2,025 geographic areas called primary sampling units (PSU) in the entire United States. The PSUs were grouped into strata within each state. A total of 824 PSUs were selected for Sampling. Approximately 72,000 housing units within the selected PSUs are assigned for interview each month.

A unique feature of the CPS is its panel design, in which each household in the sample is surveyed for four consecutive months and then four more consecutive months nine months later. Due to this sampling strategy, a subset of persons who were in sample for any given month of TUS-CPS fielding can be linked with other CPS conducted within about +/- 15 months.

For more information about sampling, please refer to the Technical Documentation.

Longitudinal: Panel


All persons aged 18 and above in the civilian non-institutional population of the United States.



survey data

computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)



2016-07-05 This collection has been updated to include question text and online analysis.

2016-05-06 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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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

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

Additional weights include: HWHHWGT, which is the household weight used for tallying household characteristics and adjusts for household nonresponse. PWFMWGT, which is the family weight used only for tallying family characteristics. PWLGWGT, the longitudinal weight found only on adult records matched from month to month; also used for gross flows analysis. PWORWGT, the outgoing rotation weight used for tallying information collected only in outgoing rotations. PWVETWGT, the veterans weight used for tallying veteran's data only; controlled to estimates of veterans supplied by VA. PWCMPWGT, the composited final weight used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.

For more information on weights, please refer to the Technical Documentation.


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

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