What Is the TUS-CPS?
The Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS) is an
NCI-sponsored survey of tobacco use that has been administered as part of the US
Census Bureau's Current Population
Survey in 1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1998-1999, 2000, 2001-2002, 2003, 2006-2007,
and 2010-2011. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was a
co-sponsor with NCI from 2001-02 through 2006-07.
The TUS-CPS is a key source of national, state, and sub-state level data from
US households regarding smoking, use of tobacco products, and tobacco-related
norms, attitudes, and policies. It uses a large, nationally representative
sample that contains information on about 240,000 individuals within a given
survey period. Other characteristics of the survey are:
- civilian, non-institutionalized population;
- interviews all eligible household members ages 18 years and older (data for the 1992 - 2006 TUS-CPS are for persons 15 years and older);
- state sample sizes range from 1,669 for New Mexico to 18,885 for California (self-response only range is 1,232 for NM to 13,467 for CA);
- about 64% of respondents complete the TUS-CPS by telephone and 36% complete it in person; and
- mostly self-reports (about 20% are by proxy for a few measures of use).
These data can be used by researchers to:
- monitor tobacco control progress;
- conduct tobacco-related research, including tobacco health disparities; and
- evaluate tobacco control programs.
Uses and results from
TUS-CPS data can be found on this Web site. In addition, TUS-CPS data has been
included in several of NCI's Tobacco Control
Monographs, NCI's Trends in
Cancer Progress Reports, several of the Surgeon General's
Reports on tobacco control topics, Healthy People (HP) 2010 and 2020
reports, and most recently in the 2012 Congressional Budget Office report "Raising the
Excise Tax on Cigarettes: Effects on Health and the Federal Budget". See Reports
and Publications Using the TUS-CPS for a list of about 200 publications
describing past TUS-CPS findings or utilizing some of the TUS-CPS data in
conjunction with other health survey, registry, or other outcome data.
The TUS-CPS has regularly been translated into Spanish and the 2003 version
was also translated into Chinese, Khmer, Korean, and Vietnamese. Information
about the translated questionnaires, including reports on the review and
pretesting of the translations, and copies of the questionnaires in all
available languages, is available.
Download the TUS-CPS Fact Sheet.