4363.0 - National Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2017-18
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This topic excludes:
Respondents were asked to describe smoking status at the time of interview:
In 2017-18 NHS new questions collected consumption amounts:
Information was obtained for persons aged 15 years and over.
NHS/SIH combined data
In 2017-18, information on smoking was collected in both the NHS and the 2017-18 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH).
Like the NHS, the SIH is a household survey that collects information by personal interview from usual residents aged 15 years and over. More information on the scope, survey design and response rates for SIH can be found in the Survey of Income and Housing User Guide (cat. no. 6553.0). Sample counts from the pooled dataset are available in Appendix 1 of this publication.
Information from the two surveys was combined to produce the pooled National Health Survey and Survey of Income and Housing (NHIH) Dataset.
The NHIH dataset contains all data items that are common to the NHS and SIH including demographics and socio-economic information. This pooled dataset is used for all smoker status estimates in the National Health Survey First Results publication (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001) where all items can be derived from the combined dataset, while the NHS dataset is used for estimates including data items only present in the NHS (e.g. smoker status by other health risk factors or conditions). As the estimates from the NHS dataset were benchmarked to the pooled dataset, the unperturbed estimates of smoker status will be identical in the two datasets, however the margins of error will be lower in the pooled dataset due to the larger sample size.
In both NHS and SIH, respondents were asked whether they currently smoke. Those 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 data only
In NHS only, current daily and ex-daily smokers were asked:
Current smokers were asked:
Note that the output item 'Number of daily smokers in household' is a count of all persons in the household who are smokers, including the respondent(s).
All NHS adult respondents with at least one regular smoker in the household were asked:
The questionnaire, data items and related output categories for this topic in the NHS are available in pdf / Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Please note that:
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2014-15
Smoking data are considered directly comparable between the 2017-18 and 2014-15 NHS from both the NHS and the NHIH dataset. Number of cigarettes usually consumed information was only collected in 2017-18 NHS.
Detailed analysis of smoking data at finer breakdowns from the pooled smoking dataset will be released late 2019.
More information regarding comparisons between 2014-15 NHS and previous cycles is available in the National Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2014-15 (cat. no. 4363.0).
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