Current Population Survey, November 2001: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), 2001-2002 Wave (ICPSR 4044)

Published: Oct 26, 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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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 November 2001 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 June 2001 (ICPSR 4043) and February 2002 (ICPSR 4031). These three supplements comprise the 2001-2002 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.

All household members age 15 years and older who had completed the basic CPS monthly items were eligible for the TUS, which consisted of items PES32 through PES77. The TUS was mainly designed to be a proxy response survey, meaning a single respondent could provide answers for all eligible household members. Unique to the TUS design were also a set of self-respondent questions. Self-respondents were eligible for the entire supplement, whereas proxy respondents were only eligible for questions on the topics of smoking status (items PES32-PES34) and the use of other tobacco products; for example, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff (items PES62A-PES63B).

Additionally, self-respondents were asked various questions depending on their smoking status -- former, everyday, or occasional (items PES36-PES46 and PES55-PES61). Current everyday and occasional smokers were then asked whether the medical community had advised them to quit smoking or if they were planning to quit in the near future (items PES47-PES54). Self-respondents were further queried on smoking policies in their work place (items PES67-PES71), smoking rules in the home (item PES73) and questions on opinions about smoking (items PES72, PES75-PES77).

Administrative information was collected on who the proxy respondents were, the language in which the interview was conducted, and the survey method (telephone vs. personal-visit interviews; Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) vs. Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)). Demographic information collected 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, 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, November 2001: Tobacco Use Supplement (TUS), 2001-2002 Wave. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-10-26.

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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 9 of the User Guide contains the supplement questionnaire.

Edited universe statements for various variables are defined in either the basic or supplement record layout, which are located in Attachments 7 and 8, respectively, of the User Guide.

The 2001-2002 wave of the Tobacco Use Supplement is comprised of data from this collection, along with data collected in June 2001 (ICPSR 4043) and February 2002 (ICPSR 4031). 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.

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.

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.

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 basic CPS universe consisted of all persons aged 15 and older in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States. The Tobacco Use Supplement universe consisted of all persons age 15 and older who completed the CPS core items.

Individuals within households.

personal interviews

survey data



2012-10-26 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 nonresponse weight, which includes only the noninterview adjustment (PWNRWGT); and a self-response weight that includes both the noninterview adjustment and the self-response adjustment (PWSRWGT).

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 2001-2002 Wave are located in the User Guide.


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

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