What Is the TUS-CPS?
The Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population
Survey (TUS-CPS) is an NCI-sponsored survey of tobacco use that has been administered as part of the US Census Bureau's
Current Population Survey in 1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1998-1999, 2000, 2001-2002, 2003, and 2006-2007.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been a co-sponsor with NCI since 2001-02.
The TUS-CPS is a key source of national and state level data on smoking and other tobacco use in the US household population
because it uses a large, nationally representative sample that contains information on about 240,000 individuals within
a given survey period. Other characteristics of the survey are:
- Civilian, non-institutionalized population ages 15 years and older;
- National, state, and some substate-specific estimates;
- State sample sizes range from 2,100 for the District of Columbia to 18,700 for California;
- 75% of respondents conduct survey by telephone and 25% of respondents conduct survey by personal home visit; and
- Mostly self-reports (about 20% are by proxy for a few measures of use).
These data can be used by researchers to:
- monitor progress in the control of tobacco use;
- conduct tobacco-related research; and
- evaluate tobacco control programs.
Information from past Tobacco Use Supplements is contained in NCI's
Tobacco Monographs. See Reports and Publications Using the TUS-CPS for a list of publications
describing past TUS-CPS findings or utilizing some of the TUS-CPS data in conjunction with other health survey, registry,
or other outcome data.
The TUS-CPS has been translated into Spanish and four Asian languages: Chinese, Khmer,
Korean, and Vietnamese. Information about the translated questionnaires,
including reports on the
review and pretesting of the translations, and copies of the questionnaires in all available languages, is
Download the TUS-CPS Fact Sheet.