Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
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Respondents were asked to describe smoking status at the time of interview:
Information was collected for persons aged 15 years and over in the NHS and NNPAS.
Information about tobacco smoking was collected in both the NHS and the NNPAS surveys. Information on tobacco smoking was first published in the First Results publication based on the NHS only sample of approximately 16,400 people aged 15 years and over. Updated results on tobacco smoking for the larger combined, core sample of approximately 26,400 people aged 15 years and over was published in the Updated Results publication. For comparison of tobacco smoking with NHS only items, the NHS file should be used and similarly for comparison with NNPAS only items, the NNPAS file should be used. However, for the most accurate information for tobacco smoking alone or comparison with other items collected in the core, the core file should be used. For more information on the structure of the AHS, see the Structure of the Australian Health Survey page of this Users' Guide.
Respondents were asked whether they currently smoke. Respondents who answered yes were asked whether they smoked daily (the term 'regularly' is used in the questions and is defined as at least once a day). Those who did not smoke daily were asked whether they smoked at least once a week.
Respondents, who reported that they did not currently smoke daily, were asked whether they had:
If a respondent did not currently smoke, had not previously smoked daily and had never smoked at least 100 cigarettes, nor smoked pipes, cigars or other tobacco products at least 20 times in their life, they were classified as persons who had never smoked.
NHS current daily and ex-daily smokers were asked the age they had started smoking daily. Ex-daily smokers were asked whether they had stopped smoking regularly in the last 12 months, and the age at which they stopped smoking regularly. Current smokers were asked whether their smoking had increased, decreased or stayed the same in the last 12 months.
NHS adult respondents in households, other than single person households, were asked whether anyone in the household smoked regularly, and if so, the number of people (excluding themselves).
All NHS adult respondents with at least one regular smoker in the household were asked whether anyone usually smoked inside the house.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the page Downloads of this product.
Please note that:
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2007-08
Data for smoker status are considered directly comparable between the 2011-12 and 2007-08 surveys. Other details regarding regular smoking (such as age commenced) collected in 2011-12 NHS are also considered comparable to the 2007-08 NHS.
In previous NHS surveys, household smoking variables have been attached to the adult respondent’s record. Data is considered to be comparable, but care should be taken to ensure the data is weighted appropriately. Being a household variable, using the person weight in 2011-12 NHS will also include child respondents in the population. Comparisons with previous NHSs should either:
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