Tobacco Use Supplement - Current Population Survey

TUS-CPS Uses

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.

TUS-CPS Available for Download

The data and technical documentation for the 2014-2015 Tobacco Use Supplements are available for download from the Current Population Survey FTP Page.

The data and technical documentation for the May and August 2010, January 2011, and May 2010 - May 2011 (Longitudinal Cohort) Tobacco Use Supplements are available for download from the Current Population Survey FTP Page.

The questionnaires for the 2001-2002, 2003, 2006-2007, and 2010-11 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS) are available for download below in two formats. In addition, for the May 2010-2011 special Longitudinal Cohort TUS-CPS, please see below - "2010-11 TUS-CPS" for the May 2010 baseline questionnaire and "May 2011 Follow-up" for the May 2011 follow-up questionnaire.

For detailed information about the surveys and data sets, refer to the Current Population Survey technical documentation on the US Census Bureau's Web site.

SAS Programs for Creating SAS Datasets

SAS programs for creating a permanent SAS dataset from the ASCII text file are available for some of the public use files. Each program reads all variables from the core and the supplement and creates a SAS dataset containing all the variables.

Order Earlier TUS-CPS Files on CD-ROM

See the Census Bureau's instructions on how to order from the Census Product Catalog. CD-ROMs may be ordered by phone or fax.

To find the Product ID of the CD that you want, see the Census Bureau's tables of contents for Current Population Survey releases, or consult the table below.

TUS-CPS Contents CD Name Product ID
May/August 2006 & January 2007 Current Population Survey Releases in 2008 C9-C08-ALLF-06-US1
Feb., June, & Nov. 2003 Current Population Survey Releases in 2007
(Contains the same data files as the 2006 release, plus updated technical documentation.)
C7-C07-ALLF-06-US1
Current Population Survey Releases in 2006 C13-C06-ALLF-06-US1
February 2002 Current Population Survey - 2002 through 2004 All Files CD-ROM C6-C04-ALLF-02-US1
June & November 2001 Current Population Survey 2001 All Files CD-ROM C4-C01-ALLF-06-US1
January & May 2000 Current Population Survey 2000 All Files CD-ROM C4-C00-ALLF-06-US1
1995-1999 Current Population Survey 1994-1999 All Files CD-ROM C5-C99-ALLF-06-US1
1992-1993 Current Population Survey: 1992 and 1993 Tobacco Supplements C1-C93-TOBF-02-US1

Users' Workshop

Guidance on using the TUS-CPS data was provided to participants in the 2009 TUS-CPS Users' Workshop.