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Chewing tobacco recode 3: Current/former/never and amount

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For sample adults age 18 and older, CHEWSTATUS3 is a recoded variable that reports whether the sample person formerly, currently, or never chews tobacco and the frequency of use. Please refer to the code tab for more information.


CHEWSTATUS3 is built on three questions in the survey. The first question asked whether the sample person had ever used chewing tobacco, such as Redman, Levi Garrett, or Beechnut. Responses to this question were used to indicate if the sample person formerly used chewing tobacco. The second question reported whether the sample person had used chewing tobacco at least 20 times. The sample person was placed in the "regularly" group if he/she had previously chewed tobacco at least 20 times; otherwise, he/she was pooled into the "occasional" group. The last question asked whether the sampler person was using chewing tobacco at the time of the interview, which was used to indicate whether the person was a current user of chewing tobacco.

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There are no comparability issues.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CAEP supplement)


  • 1987