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NHIS - Adult Tobacco Use Information

Guide for Data Users

This guide provides links to NHIS tobacco information, including questionnaires, documentation, data file information, SAS/SPSS/Stata input statements and data sets for each data year in which NHIS tobacco use questions were asked.

NHIS data collection technology has changed over the years with resulting changes in terminology and the display of survey information. Terminology used on the NHIS website for the three major NHIS data collection periods - 2004 to present, 1997-2003, and 1965-1995 - is summarized here.  

Survey Information
Terminology used 2004-present
Terminology used 1997-2003
Terminology used 1965-1995

Questionnaire

English/Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)

Survey Questionnaires

Current Estimates (Tables and Questionnaires)

Documentation

Variable Layout
Variable Frequencies

Dataset Documentation

File Layouts

Data File Information

README File
Survey Description

README File
Survey Description

README File

Sample Program Code

SAS, SPSS, and Stata Input Statements

SAS and SPSS Input Statements*

SAS Input Statements

Data

ASCII Data

Datasets

Datasets

* Stata input statements were first provided for the 2002 data year.

Notice to data users using 64-bit computers running Microsoft operating systems:

NHIS Public Use data sets from 1970-2005 with the .exe file type are unable to be extracted on 64-bit computers running Microsoft operating systems. Data users are advised to rename the .exe files as .zip files and the data sets will extract correctly. This workaround is suggested for data years 1970-2005. Beginning with 2010 data year, ASCII files are being released as .zip files.

2004 to Present:

Beginning in 2004 and continuing to the present, all NHIS survey information can be accessed from the page titled Questionnaires, Datasets, and Related Documentation, 1997 to (current data year).  Links to questionnaires and other survey-related documents are found by scrolling down to the year of interest. For data and documentation (other than the questionnaires and the survey description), click on “Data Release” for the year of interest and click on appropriate links indicated below.

2014
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)

 

2013
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)

 

2012
Sample Adult Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (althealt.zip)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (althealt.sas)
SPSS statements (althealt.sps)
Stata statements (althealt.do)

 

2012
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.zip)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2011
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.zip)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2010
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.zip)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2010  Sample Adult Cancer Supplement
Questionnaire English    Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (cancerxx.zip)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (cancerxx.sas)
SPSS statements (cancerxx.sps)
Stata statements (cancerxx.do)

 

2009
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2008
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English    Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2007
 
Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English    Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2007  Adult Alternative Medicine (ALT) Supplement
Questionnaire English    Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (althealt.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (althealt.sas)
SPSS statements (althealt.sps)
Stata statements (althealt.do)

 

2006 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2005  Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English    Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2005  Sample Adult Cancer Supplement
Questionnaire English    Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (cancerxx.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (cancerxx.sas)
SPSS statements (cancerxx.sps)
Stata statements (cancerxx.do)

 

2004 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire English   Spanish (Questionnaires and Flashcards)
Documentation Variable Layout     Variable Frequencies
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data ASCII data (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

1997-2003

During the period 1997-2003, all survey-related information is accessed directly from the page titled Questionnaires, Datasets, and Related Documentation, 1997 to (current data year). Scroll down to the data year of interest and click on the appropriate links, indicated below.

 

2003 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2002 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)
Stata statements (samadult.do)

 

2002  Sample Adult Alternative Health (ALT) Supplement*
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (althealt.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (althealt.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (althealt.sas)
SPSS statements (althealt.sps)
Stata statements (althealt.do)

* NOTE: The Alternative Health Supplement questionnaire and the Sample Adult Core questionnaire are combined. However, all other related data and documentation are separate.

 

2001 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)

 

2000 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)

 

2000 Sample Adult Cancer Supplement*
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qcancerx.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)

* NOTE: The Sample Adult Cancer Supplement questionnaire and the Sample Adult (core) questionnaire are separate. However all other related data and documentation are combined with the Sample Adult files.

 

1999 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)

 

1998 Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)

 

1998 Prevention Sample Adult Supplement
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qprevsad.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (prevadlt.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (prevadlt.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (prevadlt.sas)
SPSS statements (prevadlt.sps)

 

1998 Family Prevention Supplement
Pregnancy and Smoking File
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qpregsmg.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (pregsmkg.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (pregsmkg.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (pregsmkg.sas)
SPSS statements (pregsmkg.sps)

 

1997  Sample Adult Core
Questionnaire Survey Questionnaires (qsamadlt.pdf)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (samadult.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File     Survey Description
Data Datasets (samadult.exe)
Sample Program Code

SAS statements (samadult.sas)
SPSS statements (samadult.sps)

 

1965-1995

For 1965-1995, survey information is organized by data year in descending order. Links to most documents for these years are provided below. For data years 1974, 1976, and 1978-1980, variables that originally came from the public use person file, although included on the data files, are not described separately in the documentation. Rather, users are referred to the “Person Public Use Record Layout.” For convenience, links to the appropriate pages in Person Public Use documentation are provided within the smoking file documentation. The person file documentation is part of a large document that describes all NHIS core data files for the year (person, condition, doctor visit, hospital, etc). These files are large and may take some time to download. All NHIS survey information for period 1965-1995 can also be accessed from the page titled Internet-Available Datasets and Related Documentation 1996-Prior. The questionnaires are located in appendix III of Current Estimates reports for each of these years. These reports are large and may take some time to download.

 

1995  Year 2000 Objectives Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (YEAR2000.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (YEAR2000.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (YEAR2000.SAS)

 

1994 Year 2000 Objectives Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation: File Layouts (YEAR2000.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (YEAR2000.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (YEAR2000.SAS)

 

1993 Year 2000 Objectives Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (YEAR2000.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (YEAR2000.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (YEAR2000.SAS)

 

1992 Cancer Epidemiology Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (cancepid.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (cancepid.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (cancepid.sas)

 

1992 Cancer Control Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (canccntl.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (canccntl.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (canccntl.sas)

  

1991 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2000 Objectives)
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (HPDPSAMP.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (HPDPSAMP.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (HPDPSAMP.SAS)

 

1991 Pregnancy and Smoking Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (pregsmok.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (pregsmok.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (pregsmok.sas)

 

1990 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Supplement
(1990 CAPI Supplement)
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (HPDPSAMP.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (HPDPSAMP.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (HPDPSAMP.SAS)

 

1990 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP)
Pregnancy and Smoking File
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (hpdpsmkg.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (hpdpsmkg.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (hpdpsmkg.sas)

 

1988 Occupational Health Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (OCHEALTH.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (OCHEALTH.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (OCHEALTH.SAS)

 

1987 Cancer Epidemiology Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (cancepid.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (cancepid.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (cancepid.sas)

 

1987 Cancer Control Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (canccntl.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (canccntl.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (canccntl.sas)

 

1985 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (HPDPSAMP.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (HPDPSAMP.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (HPDPSAMP.SAS)

 

1985 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Supplement
Pregnancy and Smoking File
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (hpdpsmkg.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (hpdpsmkg.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (canccntl.sas)

 

1983 Alcohol and Health Practices Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (ALCOHOLH.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (ALCOHOLH.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS Input Statements (ALCOHOLH.SAS)

 

1980 Smoking Supplement
Questionnaire Smoking Questions    Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)*
Documentation Dataset Documentation (smokingx.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (smokingx.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (smokingx.sas)

 

1979 Smoking Supplement
Questionnaire Smoking Questions    Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)*
Documentation Dataset Documentation (smokingx.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (smokingx.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (smokingx.sas)

 

1978 Smoking Supplement
Questionnaire Smoking Questions    Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)*
Documentation Dataset Documentation (smokingx.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (smokingx.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (smokingx.sas)

* Smoking questions were omitted from Current Estimates in 1978, 1979, and 1980 but are available from the links shown. The full questionnaires (excluding smoking) are available in the Current Estimates reports listed.

 

1977 Health Habits (H1) Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (H1SUPPLT.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Dataset Datasets (H1SUPPLT.EXE)
Sample Program Code SAS Input Statements (H1SUPPLT.SAS)

 

1976 Health Habits Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (hlthhabs.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (hlthhabs.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (hlthhabs.sas)

 

1974 Hypertension Supplement
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation Dataset Documentation (hyperten.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File 
Data Datasets (hyperten.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (hyperten.sas)

 

1970 NHIS Core (Person file)
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (NHISCORE.PDF)
Data File Information Readme File
Data Datasets (PERSONSX.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (PERSONX.sas)

 

1966 NHIS Core (Person file)
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (person.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File
Data Datasets (person.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (person.sas)

 

1965 NHIS Core (Person file)
Questionnaire Reports (Current Estimates Appendix III)
Documentation File Layouts (person.pdf)
Data File Information Readme File
Data Datasets (person.exe)
Sample Program Code SAS statements (person.sas)

 

 

 

 

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