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Smoking Status

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked: “Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?” and “Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?” Responses were grouped into three categories: Current Smoker, Former Smoker, and Never Smoker. Respondents who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who, at the time of survey, smoked either every day or some days were defined as Current Smoker. Respondents who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who, at the time of the survey, did not smoke at all were defined as Former Smoker. Respondents who reported never having smoked 100 cigarettes were defined as Never Smoker.

Smoking Status data available: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Related Indicators: Attempted to Quit Smoking in Past 12 Months and Use Smokeless Tobacco


Defined based on:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State-specific secondhand smoke exposure and current cigarette smoking among adults―United States, 2008. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009;58:1232–5.

 
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