Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2012
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The focus was on 'regular smoking', where 'regular' was defined as one or more cigarettes, pipes or cigars per day as reported by the respondent.
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 surveys.
Respondents were asked whether they currently smoke. Respondents who answered yes were asked whether they smoked daily. 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, were asked whether they had:
If a respondent did not currently smoke 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.
Current daily and ex-daily smokers were asked the age they had started smoking. 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, and whether they usually smoked inside the house.
Respondents in households other than single person households were asked whether anyone else in the household smoked regularly, and if so, the number of people and whether they usually smoked inside the house.
The data items and related output categories for this topic will be available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Information on smoking was collected in both the NHS and NNPAS. In Australian Health Survey: First Results (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001), released on 29 October 2012, data on this item are available from the NHS component (21,000 people). Results from the AHS core sample (the full 34,000 people, consisting of both NHS and NNPAS samples combined) will be available in May 2013. For more information on the structure of the AHS, see the Introduction of this Users' Guide.
Please note that:
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following.
Comparability with 2007-08
Smoking is considered directly comparable between the 2007-08 and 2011-12 surveys, however the 2011-12 AHS surveys collected information from respondents aged 15 and over. Previous NHS surveys only collected data from respondents 18 years and over. When making comparisons between the 2011-12 AHS and previous NHS surveys care should be taken to select the correct population.
Other smokers identified in the household could include children.
This page last updated 4 April 2013
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