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Length of time smoked cigars: Time period

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For sample adults age 18 and over who have ever smoked at least 50 cigars in their entire life, CIGARTP reports the time period corresponding to the length of time (in months or years) the respondent smoked cigars. Respondents could report "less than one month," or provide a numeric value for the number of months or years.


The Field Representative's Manual instructed interviewers to probe to determine the best approximate values. For example, if the respondent reported, "on and off for 20 years," interviewers would probe to determine the total number of years, excluding the off periods.

The term cigar was respondent-defined. The Field Representative's Manual for 1987 mentions that interviewers should, "Include "cigarillos" as cigars, if asked."

Related Variables

This variable should be used with CIGARNO, the number of units corresponding to the time period that the respondent chewed tobacco.


This variable is only available for 1987.


  • 1987: Sample persons age 18+ who ever smoked cigars and have smoked at least 50 cigars in their life.


  • 1987