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How Can TUS-CPS Data Be Used?

Currently available data files (for 2014-2015, 2010-2011, 2010-2011 special Longitudinal Cohort*, 2006-2007, 2003, 2001-2002, 2000, 1998-1999, 1995-1996, 1992-1993) can be used to track trends in tobacco use over time. Most of the same files can also be used to assess trends in tobacco control efforts, including both formal workplace and informal home restrictions on smoking, attitudes towards smoke-free policies, and the advice of a doctor, dentist, or other health professional to stop smoking.

Because of the large sample size for most survey items, analyses can be done at either the national or state levels, and in some cases, for areas smaller than the state level. The large sample size also affords the opportunity to study various tobacco control heath disparities.

Researchers who are interested in the economic aspects of tobacco use can take advantage of the fact that the CPS collects detailed labor force, occupational, and economic data that can be related to tobacco use. Additional detailed economic, social, and health insurance data from the March Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement (PDF) can be linked to the TUS data because of the panel design of the CPS. Likewise, other CPS supplements such as Voting and Registration, Internet and Computer Use, Food Security, and starting with the 2003 version, the American Time Use Supplement may be combined with the Tobacco Use Supplement data to enrich analysis and answer other important research questions.

* In addition to typical TUS-CPS cycles tracking trends in the population over time and affording the examination of cross-sectional correlations, the May 2010-May 2011 special TUS-CPS Longitudinal Cohort file data allow a stronger examination of associations over time within the same individuals.

As an example of the types of tables that can be produced using TUS data, some basic estimates from the 2010 - 2011, 2006 - 2007, 2003, 2001 - 2002, and 1998 - 1999 data files are provided.