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Protocol 2: Tobacco - Smoking Status (Adult Protocol)   #030602
Protocol Release Date

February 6, 2009

Description of Protocol

Measurement to determine respondent’s smoking status.

Specific Instructions
Protocol Text

The Working Group acknowledges that the following questions may gather sensitive information relating to the use of substances and/or illegal conduct. If the information is released it might be damaging to an individual’s employability, lead to social stigmatization, or other consequences.

For information on obtaining a Certificate of Confidentiality, which helps researchers protect the privacy of human research participants, please go to the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Institutional Review Board website.

Note to interviewer: Based on responses provided to earlier questions, the respondent may also be asked Questions 2, 3, and 4 (see interviewer notes before these questions).


1. Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?
(Note to interviewer: 100 CIGARETTES = APPROXIMATELY 5 PACKS)

1
[ ]
Yes
2
[ ]
No
 
[ ]
Don’t Know / Refused


If Question 1 is "Yes" then respondent is asked:

2. Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?
1
[ ]
Every day
2
[ ]
Some days
3
[ ]
Not at all
 
[ ]
Don’t Know / Refused


If Question 1 is "Yes" and Question 2 is "Some days" (Current Some-Day Smoker) or if Question 1 is "Yes" and Question 2 is "Not at all" (Former Smoker), then respondent is asked:

3. Have you EVER smoked cigarettes EVERY DAY for at least 6 months?
1
[ ]
Yes
2
[ ]
No
 
[ ]
Don’t Know / Refused


Interpreting responses to assess smoking status of adults:
  • If answer to Question 1 is "No," then respondent is a "Never Smoker."

  • If answer to Question 1 is "Yes" and answer to Question 2 is "Every day," then respondent is a "Current Every-Day Smoker."

  • If answer to Question 1 is "Yes" and answer to Question 2 is "Some days," then respondent is a "Current Some-Day Smoker."

  • If answer to Question 1 is "Yes" and answer to Question 2 is "Not at all," then respondent is a "Former Smoker."

  • Question 3 allows further classification of Current Some-Day and Former Smokers into those who smoked every day in the past from those who have not done so. The former would be indicating heavier past exposure.

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