Tobacco Use Supplement - Current Population Survey

1998-1999 Summary Table Technical Notes

Notes on all tables

  1. Table 1 values are weighted for the complex sample design and for CPS Smoking Supplement non-response. Values in Tables 2, 3, and 4 are weighted for the complex sample design and for Smoking Supplement self-response.
  2. Tabled values may not sum exactly to 100% due to rounding error.
  3. The depicted data do not contain measures of variance of statistical estimates (standard errors or confidence intervals). To compute these, go to the Census Bureau Technical Documentation page, and consult Attachment 17 of the May 1999 Tobacco Use Supplement File.
  4. Region: Northeast = Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont; Midwest = Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin; South = Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia; West = Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
  5. White = White/Non-Hispanic; Black = Black/Non-Hispanic.

How "Smoking not allowed at home" and "Smoking not allowed at work" were defined in Table 2

For smoking not allowed at HOME, values are determined from the item:

"Which statement best describes the rules about smoking in your home: No one is allowed to smoke, smoking is permitted in some places or at some times, or smoking is permitted anywhere", with "No one allowed to smoke" responses tabulated for this table.

For smoking not allowed at WORK, values are determined from asking respondents who work indoors (and who are not self-employed, or working in someone else's home, in several buildings, or in a motor vehicle):

  1. "Does your place of work have an official policy that restricts smoking in any way?" [IF YES:]
  2. "Which of these best describes your place of work's smoking policy for indoor public or common areas, such as lobbies, rest rooms, and lunch rooms - Not allowed in any areas/Allowed in some areas/Allowed in all areas"
  3. "Which of these best describes your place of work's smoking policy for work areas - Not allowed in any areas/Allowed in some areas/Allowed in all areas"

Tabled values reflect responses of "Not allowed in any areas" for BOTH (2) and (3).

(Table 2)


Notes on definitions used to produce Table 4

Please note that:

  • Data in Table 4 are for people who reported smoking every day one year prior to the date of the survey.
  • "Any cessation attempt in the past year" includes:
    1. daily smokers with one or more quit attempts in past year,
    2. current some-day smokers,
    3. former smokers who quit < 3 months prior to interview, and
    4. former smokers who quit 3+ months prior to interview.
  • Those under "Quit smoking for 3+ months" are a subset of the respondents reporting any cessation activity in past year, and includes only former smokers who had quit 3+ months prior to the interview.

(Table 4)