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Person—tobacco smoking status, code NN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termTobacco smoking status code NN
METeOR identifier:Help on this term588811
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/03/2015
Indigenous, Endorsed 13/03/2015
Definition:Help on this termA person's current and past smoking behaviour, as represented by a code.
Context:Help on this termPublic health and health care
Data Element Concept:Person—tobacco smoking status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
10Daily smoker
20Weekly smoker
30Irregular smoker
41Ex-smoker less than or equal to 12 months
42Ex-smoker greater than 12 months
50Never smoked

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 10     Daily smoker

A person who smokes daily

CODE 20     Weekly smoker

A person who smokes at least weekly but not daily

CODE 30     Irregular smoker

A person who smokes less than weekly

CODE 41     Ex-smoker for less than or equal to 12 months

A person who does not smoke at all now, but has smoked at least 100 cigarettes or a similar amount of other tobacco products in his/her lifetime. Smoking cessation began 12 months previously or less. 

CODE 42   Ex-smoker for more than 12 months

A person who does not smoke at all now, but has smoked at least 100 cigarettes or a similar amount of other tobacco products in his/her lifetime. Smoking cessation began more than 12 months previously.

CODE 50

Never-smoker

A person who does not smoke now and has smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes or similar amount of other tobacco products in his/her lifetime.

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this termStandard Questions on the Use of Tobacco Among Adults (1998)

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this term

The recommended standard for collecting this information is based on the Standard Questions on the Use of Tobacco Among Adults - interviewer administered (Questions 1 and 4) and self-administered (Questions 1 and 1a) versions. The questionnaires are designed to cover persons aged 18 years and over. There is one variation to this standard. Ex-smokers are divided into those who have been ex-smokers for less than or equal to 12 months, and those who have been ex-smokers for more than 12 months.

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There are two other ways of categorising this information:

  • Regular and irregular smokers where a regular smoker includes someone who is a daily smoker or a weekly smoker. 'Regular' smoker is the preferred category to be reported in prevalence estimates.
  • Daily and occasional smokers where an occasional smoker includes someone who is a weekly or irregular smoker. The category of 'occasional' smoker can be used when the aim of the study is to draw contrast between daily smokers and other smokers.
    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.

Smoker type is used to define subpopulations of adults (age 18+ years) based on their smoking behaviour.

Smoking has long been known as a health risk factor. Population studies indicate a relationship between smoking and increased mortality/morbidity.

This data element can be used to estimate smoking prevalence. Other uses are:

  • To evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs (assessment of interventions)
  • To monitor health risk factors and progress towards National Health Goals and Targets

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

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Person—tobacco smoking status, code N Health, Standard 01/03/2005, Indigenous, Endorsed 13/03/2015

Supersedes Tobacco smoking status, version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (18.5 KB)

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Indigenous primary health care DSS 2015-17 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Indigenous primary health care: PI20a-Number of regular clients who have had the necessary risk factors assessed to enable CVD assessment, 2015 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Indigenous, Archived 20/01/2017
Indigenous primary health care: PI20a-Number of regular clients who have had the necessary risk factors assessed to enable CVD assessment, 2015-2017 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018
Indigenous primary health care: PI20b-Proportion of regular clients who have had the necessary risk factors assessed to enable CVD assessment, 2015 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Indigenous, Archived 20/01/2017
Indigenous primary health care: PI20b-Proportion of regular clients who have had the necessary risk factors assessed to enable CVD assessment, 2015-2017 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018
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