4727.0.55.002 - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2012-13
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This topic excludes:
Respondents were asked to describe smoking status at the time of interview:
Information was collected for persons aged 15 years and over.
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:
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) current daily and ex-daily smokers were asked the age they had started smoking daily. Non-remote ex-daily smokers were asked whether they had stopped smoking regularly in the last 12 months. Both remote and non-remote ex-daily smokers were then asked about the age at which they stopped smoking regularly. Current smokers were asked whether they had attempted to quit smoking in the last 12 months, and if so, how many times they had done so.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Please note that respondents were asked whether they smoked or had ever smoked 'regularly, that is, at least once a day'. The term 'regular' is replaced by the term 'daily' in the data items.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Smoking questions were changed in the 2012-13 NATSIHS to add questions about specific tobacco products (chewing tobacco, cigars, pipes, other), in order to account for potential high levels of chewing tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which would elevate nicotine (cotinine in the blood) levels observed in biomedical data. This change in the questionnaire is minor and the data are considered to be comparable to the 2004-05 NATSIHS data.
Comparability with 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Smoking questions in the 2008 NATSISS used to derive smoker status were the same as the 2004-05 NATSIHS, and therefore are considered comparable.
Comparability with 2011-12 National Health Survey (NHS)
Smoking questions in the 2011-12 NHS used to derive smoker status were the same as the 2004-05 NATSIHS, and therefore are considered comparable.