National Mortality Followback Survey, 1966-1968 (ICPSR 8370)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


This survey was designed primarily to obtain information on the smoking habits of decedents by examining death certificates and questionnaires mailed to death record informants. Smoking variables in this data collection include number of cigarettes smoked when the decedent smoked most, number smoked the year before death, number smoked three years before death, and cigar and pipe smoking occurrence three years before death. Demographic variables include marital status, family type, number of children, living arrangements, size of family, birth and death of the decedent, family income and family debt, and cause of death.

Series: National Mortality Followback Survey Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Mortality Followback Survey, 1966-1968. ICPSR08370-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    causes of death, death records, demographic characteristics, disease, health, medical care, medical history, mortality rates, population trends, smoking, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1966--1968

Universe:    All decedents 35 to 84 years of age whose death was reported in the Current Mortality Survey (CMS) during the three year survey were included in the universe of decedents from which the sample was drawn.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and event/transaction data


Sample:    This survey used a stratified sample of death certificates designed to produce an overall sample of 1/26th of the deaths reported in the Current Mortality Survey (CMS) during the three-year period.

Data Source:

questionnaires to death record informants, and death certificates


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-04-28

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