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Former smoker: Used nicotine gum to quit completely w/in 2 yrs

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For sample adults age 18 and older who are former smokers and quit within the last 2 years, FSQGUM2YR indicates if the person used nicotine gum (2005 and forward) or nicotine lozenges (2010 and 2015 only) to quit smoking completely.


The wording of the survey question changed between 2005 and 2010/2015. In 2005, respondents were asked if they had used nicotine gum. In 2010 and 2015, respondents were asked if they had used either nicotine gum or lozenges. For both years, the responses are reported as "Mentioned" or "Not mentioned," so for 2010 and 2015 there is no way to know which product (gum or lozenges) a respondent had used.

For 2005, respondents could report the use of nicotine lozenges, but for that year, those responses are reported in the variable FSQOTMEDS2YR which includes not only lozenges, but also nasal spray, inhalers, and tablets. Analysts wishing to use data from both 2005 and 2010/2015, should combine responses for FSQGUM2YR with responses for FSQOTMEDS2YR to achieve maximum comparability.


  • 2005: Sample adults age 18+ who are former smokers and who quit smoking less than or equal to 2 years ago.
  • 2010; 2015: Sample adults 18+ who are former smokers and quit in the last 2 years.


  • 2005, 2010, 2015