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Person—tobacco smoking daily use status, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTobacco smoking—ever daily use
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270329
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 01/03/2005
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An indicator of whether a person has ever smoked tobacco in any form on a daily basis in their lifetime, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—tobacco smoking daily use status

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Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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CODE 1     Ever-daily

If a person reports that they now smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other tobacco products daily OR if they report that in the past they have been a daily smoker, they are coded to 1 (ever-daily).

CODE 2     Never-daily

If a person reports that they have never smoked cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other tobacco products daily AND they have never in the past been a daily smoker then they are coded to 2 (never-daily).

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Collection and usage attributes

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The recommended standard for collecting this information is the Standard Questions on the Use of Tobacco Among Adults (1998) - interviewer administered (Question 1 and 5) and self-administered (Question 1 and 3) versions. The questions cover persons aged 18 years and over.

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Whether a person has ever smoked on a daily basis can be used to assess an individual's health risk from smoking and to monitor population trends in smoking behaviour.

It can also be used to:

  • evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs (assessment of interventions);
  • monitor health risk factors;
  • ascertain determinants and consequences of smoking.

Where the information is collected by survey and the sample permits, population estimates should be presented by sex and 5-year age groups. Summary statistics may need to be adjusted for age and other relevant variables.

It is recommended that in surveys of smoking, data on age, sex and other socio-demographic variables should be collected. It is also recommended that when smoking is investigated in relation to health, data on other risk factors including pregnancy status, physical activity, overweight and obesity, and alcohol consumption should be collected.

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Supersedes Tobacco smoking - ever daily use, version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.0 KB)

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