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Person—number of cigarettes smoked (per day), total N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTobacco smoking—consumption/quantity (cigarettes)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270332
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this term

The total number of cigarettes (manufactured or roll-your-own) smoked per day by a person.

Context:Help on this term

Public health and health care

Data Element Concept:Person—number of cigarettes smoked

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Supplementary values:Help on this term
99Not stated/inadequately described

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This metadata item is relevant only for persons who currently smoke cigarettes daily or at least weekly. Daily consumption should be reported, rather than weekly consumption. Weekly consumption is converted to daily consumption by dividing by 7 and rounding to the nearest whole number.

Quantities greater than 98 (extremely rare) should be recorded as 98.

Collection methods:Help on this term

The recommended standard for collecting this information is the Standard Questions on the Use of Tobacco Among Adults (1998) - interviewer administered (Questions 3a and 3b) and self-administered (Questions 2a and 2b) versions.

The questions cover persons aged 18 and over.

Comments:Help on this term

The number of cigarettes smoked is an important measure of the magnitude of the tobacco problem for an individual.

Research shows that of Australians who smoke, the overwhelming majority smoke cigarettes (manufactured or roll-your-own) rather than other tobacco products.

From a public health point of view, consumption level is relevant only for regular smokers (those who smoke daily or at least weekly).

Data on quantity smoked can be used to:

  • evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs
    (assessment of interventions)
  • monitor health risk factors and progress towards National Health
    Goals and Targets
  • ascertain determinants and consequences of smoking
  • assess a person's exposure to tobacco smoke.

Where this 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.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Tobacco smoking - consumption/quantity (cigarettes), version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.7 KB)

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