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What Are the Current and Past TUS Survey Findings?

The data presented here provide examples of the type of information researchers can obtain from the Tobacco Use Supplement.

Data from the following periods are available:

National Longitudinal Mortality Study

The National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS) is sociodemographic data, collected by the US Census Bureau via in-person and telephone interviews as a part of the Current Population Surveys (CPS), and combined with cause of death information from official state records. The NLMS database includes approximately 3.0 million persons, and cause of death information on over 250,000.

  • Variables in the NLMS database: race/ethnicity, marital status, education, income, employment status, occupation, industry, veteran status, household size, nativity/immigrant status, smoking (for certain cohorts), health status, and health insurance status.
  • NLMS Cohorts: 1979-2002.
  • Linked to Medicare claims data for the period 1991-2001.
  • Linked to the tobacco use supplements for years 1985, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2001.

The NCI encourages interested investigators to utilize the NLMS and SEER-NLMS databases for cancer-related research projects. For information on accessing this database, see "Applying to Analyze the NLMS or Linked SEER-NLMS Databases".

Some results from the NLMS are presented in the article:

Lewis DR, Clegg LX, Johnson NJ. Lung disease mortality in the United States: the National Longitudinal Mortality Study. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2009 Aug;13(8):1008-14. [View Abstract] [View Full Text]

Cigarette Smoking Prevalence and Policies in the 50 States: An Era of Change

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ImpacTEEN program featured the TUS-CPS trend data (1992-2007) in its tobacco chart book, entitled "Cigarette Smoking Prevalence and Policies in the 50 States: An Era of Change." See TUS-CPS results and data exit disclaimer used in the chart book, or the chart book itself (PDF) exit disclaimer, which also includes US maps and other figures for several tobacco control variables.

State Tobacco Activities Tracking & Evaluation System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an electronic database warehouse called the State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) system which contains up-to-date and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control. Information from the TUS-CPS data is included in this resource.

The following can be obtained from the site:

  • Detailed Report - This report is by topic area (e.g. Economic), by measure (e.g. smoking) for a state by year.
  • State Comparison Report - This report displays data for selected topic area by measure by year in all available states with Excel export capability.
  • Trend Report - This report displays data for selected topic area, by measure, multiple sub-topics (e.g. average cost per pack), by years and states with graphic output option and Excel export capability.
  • Tobacco Control Highlights Report - This report displays current state-based information on the prevalence of tobacco use, the health impact and costs associated with tobacco use, and tobacco excise tax drawing from multiple sources within the system.

Health Disparities Calculator

The Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc) is statistical software that generates multiple summary measures for evaluating and monitoring health disparities. HD*Calc can be used either as an extension of SEER*Stat, which allows users to import Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, or on its own with other population-based health data, such as from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS), and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). HD*Calc is useful for anyone interested in health and cancer-related disparities as well as those interested in learning about summary measures of health disparities. HD*Calc is located on the SEER Website .

Menthol & Tobacco Website

The NCI Tobacco Control Research Branch has launched a "Menthol and Tobacco" Web page. The page provides background information on the pharmacological properties of menthol and its use in tobacco products as a cigarette additive and flavoring. The page also highlights important research on the industry's targeted marketing practices to promote the use of menthol tobacco products and includes updated menthol cigarette prevalence rates among sociodemographic groups based on national-level data from the 2006-07 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Other relevant resources including information on the 2002 First Conference on Menthol Cigarettes, related publications, and links to national and state-level surveys that include questions on menthol are also available on the page.