Codes and Frequencies
In 1992, for all sample persons age 12 to 21, this variable reports whether the respondent ever tried a cigarette, "even just a puff or two." A cigarette was largely respondent defined and included anything except cigars or any kind of marijuana, although this definition was not routinely shared with respondents. In 2015, for all sample adults 18 years or older who have not smoked or don't know if they smoked 100 or more cigarettes in their lifetime (SMOKEV), this variable reports whether the sample adult has ever smoked a cigarette.
Please the see the Comparability tab and the Universe tab for information on how this variable changes over time.
In 1992, this variable was part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and was asked of all respondents aged 12 to 21 years old. In 2015, this variable was part of the Tobacco Supplement, and was asked only of sample adults 18 years or older who have not smoked or did not know if they had smoked 100 or more cigarettes in their lifetime.
- 1992: Sample persons age 12-21.
- 2015: Sample adults 18+ who have not smoked or don’t know if smoked 100+ cigarettes in lifetime
- 1992, 2015