From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:
Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your ENTIRE LIFE?
How old were you when you FIRST started to smoke fairly regularly?
_____ year of age
Do you NOW smoke cigarettes every day, some days or not at all?
How long has it been since you quit smoking cigarettes?
This indicator measures the proportion of current adult smokers age 18+ who are eligible to be a recent quitter who have had recent smoking cessation success. Persons who were eligible to quit smoking in the last year include persons who have ever smoked 100 cigarettes who reported that they stopped smoking within the past 1 year as well as current (everyday or someday) smokers who initiated smoking 2 or more years ago.
Time since initiation is determined by subtracting the age reported for when the respondent first started smoking regularly from the respondent’s current age. If the difference is 2 years or greater these persons are considered to be eligible to be a recent quitter. Persons who responded that they were 85 years or older when they first started smoking regularly are counted as initiating at age 85.
Persons who reported that they stopped smoking in the past 1 year can report time since quitting in days, weeks, months, and years and are included in the denominator if they reported as follows: (1-94 days; 1-52 weeks; 1-12 months; 1 year).
Recent success in smoking cessation included persons who reported that they stopped smoking 6 months to 1 year ago and are included in the numerator if they reported as follows: (26-52 weeks; 6-12 months; 1 year).
This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups: