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Length of time used chewing tobacco: Months


CHEWMO is a 3-digit-numeric variable.

0: Never or less than 1 month
995: 995+
996: Not in Universe
997: Unknown-refused
998: Unknown-not ascertained
999: Unknown-don't know


For sample adults age 18 and over who have ever used chewing tobacco at least 20 times in their entire life CHEWMO reports the time period in the number months (up to 3 digits) that the respondent used chewing tobacco.


The 1992 Field Representative's Manual instructed interviewers to record the verbatim response if the respondent reported a fraction. The term "chewing tobacco" was respondent defined. The Field Representative's Manual for 1992 mentions that using chewing tobacco includes chewing the tobacco or just placing it in the mouth. This definition was not routinely shared with respondents.


This variable is only available for 1992.


  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CAEP supplement) who ever used chewing tobacco and have used chewing tobacco at least 20 times.


  • 1992