“Tobacco use” is identified as a sub-heading of “Patient Information” on the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Patient Record Form. Tobacco use can be classified as not current, current, or unknown.
The measure for the objective has been revised. At launch, visits for persons ages 12+ were measured; this has since been revised to visits for persons 18+ based on the 2003 US Preventive Task Force conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the routine screening for tobacco use or interventions to prevent and treat tobacco use and dependence among children or adolescents. As a result of these revisions, the baseline value has been revised from 62.8% to 62.4%, and the target has been revised from 69.1% to 68.6% based on the original target setting method.