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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Indicator 3.a.1: Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older

Percentage of US population aged 18 and over who are daily smokers

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Actual indicator available Daily smoking prevalence among the US population aged 18 years and older
Actual indicator available - description Percentage of US population aged 18 and over who are daily smokers
Date of national source publication June 2017
Method of computation Number of current tobacco users aged 18+ years. "Current users" include both daily and non_daily users of smoked or smokeless tobacco / All respondents of the survey aged 18+ years Method of estimation Number of respondents aged 18+ years currently using any tobacco product (smoked or smokeless)/(number of survey respondents aged 18+ years) x 100.
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source
U.S. method of computation Percentage of persons who are daily smokers is based on responses to two questions from the National Health Interview Survey: “Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?” and “Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?” Daily smokers are adults who have smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke every day. Percentages are generated using sampling survey weights to make nationally representative population estimates.
Comments and limitations Rates are crude and not age-adjusted
Date metadata updated October 2017
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Indicator name Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older
Target name Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate.
Global indicator description Age_standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 18+ years. 'Smoked tobacco products' include the consumption of cigarettes, bidis, cigars, cheroots, pipes, shisha (water pipes), fine_cut smoking articles (roll_your_own), krekets, and any other form of smoked tobacco. "Smokeless tobacco" includes moist snuff, plug, creamy snuff, dissolvables, dry snuff, gul, loose leaf, red tooth powder, snus, chimo, gutkha, khaini, gudakhu, zarda, quiwam, dohra, tuibur, nasway, naas/naswar, shammah, betel quid, toombak, pan (betel quid), iq'mik, mishri, tapkeer, tombol and any other tobacco product that is sniffed, held in the mouth, or chewed.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency WHO, WHO-FCTC
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Organisation National Center for Health Statistics/National Health Interview Survey
Agency Staff Name Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics
Agency Survey Dataset National Center for Health Statistics/National Health Interview Survey
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