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TU-13.8 Data Details

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TU-13.8 Establish laws in States and the District of Columbia on smoke-free indoor air that prohibit smoking in public transportation

About the Data: National

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System (STATE); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC/NCCDPHP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
number
Baseline (Year): 
37 (2009)
Target: 
51
Target-Setting Method: 
Total coverage
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
The wording of this objective conforms with the glossary definition used within the State Tobacco Activities Tracking & Evaluation (STATE) System. It relates to a larger set of objectives for smoke-free indoor air that have total coverage as the target.
Numerator: 

Number of states and the District of Columbia with comprehensive laws for public transportation prohibiting smoking

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    Newly enacted state tobacco-control legislation is downloaded from Westlaw, an on-line legal database. CDC, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) searches the Westlaw LEGIS-ALL database for all 50 states and D.C.’s enacted bills for the quarter using date restrictions. The bills are coded according to variables identified by CDC, OSH, which include the comprehensiveness of the law, includes smoking areas permitted or required, separately ventilated smoking areas required, and no smoking allowed. In some cases, data on enforcement authority, penalty for violation, and signage required are also collected.

    Public transportation is tracked in the STATE system as "public transportation." To be counted as prohibiting smoking, states should be coded as "banned" in the STATE system.

About the Data: State

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the state-level data.

Data Source: 
State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System (STATE); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC/NCCDPHP)
Measure: 
number
Numerator: 

Number of states and the District of Columbia with comprehensive laws for public transportation prohibiting smoking

Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

      Newly enacted state tobacco-control legislation is downloaded from Westlaw, an on-line legal database. CDC, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) searches the Westlaw LEGIS-ALL database for all 50 states and D.C.’s enacted bills for the quarter using date restrictions. The bills are coded according to variables identified by CDC, OSH, which include the comprehensiveness of the law, includes smoking areas permitted or required, separately ventilated smoking areas required, and no smoking allowed. In some cases, data on enforcement authority, penalty for violation, and signage required are also collected.

      Public transportation is tracked in the STATE system as "public transportation." To be counted as prohibiting smoking, states should be coded as "banned" in the STATE system.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2014 the baseline was revised from 38 states and DC to 37 states and DC due to legislative changes that took effect in previous years that changed the counts. The target did not change based on the original target-setting method of total coverage.