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Person—tobacco smoking start age, total years N[NN]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTobacco smoking start age
METeOR identifier:Help on this term376322
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 19/11/2015
Definition:Help on this term

The age in years at which a person first smoked a full cigarette.

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Public health and health care

Data Element Concept:Person—tobacco smoking start age

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Format:Help on this termN[NN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term3
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Unit of measure:Help on this termYear

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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Record age in completed years.

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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 7) and self-administered (Question 4) versions. The questions cover persons aged 18 years and over.

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Start-age may be used to derive duration of smoking, which is a much stronger predictor of the risks associated with smoking than is the total amount of tobacco smoked over time.

Where the information is collected by survey and the sample permits, population estimates should be presented by sex and age groups. The recommended age groups are: <10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20-24, 25-29 and 30. 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.

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Supersedes Person—tobacco smoking start age (daily smoking), total years NN Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

Supersedes Person—tobacco smoking start age, total years N[NN] Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Prison dischargee smoking status cluster Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Smoking status cluster Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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