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Table 1 Characteristics of tobacco control surveys

From: 'The smoking toolkit study': a national study of smoking and smoking cessation in England

Survey Sampling Frequency of data collection Tobacco control parameters measured
GHS/GLF Nationally representative household surveys across the UK.
N = ~ 14,500 adult smokers and non-smokers.
Annual, smoking data collected since 1974.
From 2005, respondents followed-up for 4 years, with ~25% replaced each year.
Smoking prevalence; cigarette consumption; cigarette type; cigarette dependence; tar yield; age started smoking; desire to quit; demographics.
HSE Nationally representative household surveys across England.
N = 5000-15000 adults smokers and non-smokers.
Annual, since 1991.
No follow-up.
Smoking prevalence; cigarette consumption; cigarette type; cigarette dependence; salivary cotinine (biochemical indicator of cigarette smoke intake); focus in 2007 on Smokefree legislation.
ONS Nationally representative household surveys across the UK.
N = ~1,800 adult smokers and non-smokers.
Monthly, since 1990. Basic smoking questions asked routinely in 2 months each year. Additional smoking questions included when requested. Varies month-to-month and year-to-year. At least yearly: smoking prevalence, dependence, behaviour, and habits. Previously requested: attitudes towards smoking, quitting, and smoking restrictions; awareness of health-risks; attempts to quit; demographics.
ITC Random telephone dialling across 20 countries (including UK and USA); telephone surveys.
N = ~2,000 adult smokers per country.
Annual, since 2002.
Yearly follow-up with replenishment for drop-outs and those who stop smoking.
Smoking behaviours and dependence; quitting behaviours; use of alternative nicotine products; attitudes towards and effects of label warnings, advertising, and taxation; health beliefs; demographics; other potential moderators.
ATTEMPT Internet recruitment and assessment across the UK, USA, France, and Canada.
N = ~2,000 adult smokers intending to quit in next 3 months.
Survey lasted 2.5 years.
Tri-monthly follow-up.
Smoking behaviours and dependence; number and method of quit attempts; reasons for quitting; short-term health effects; weight-related measures; demographics.
  1. GHS/GLF, General Lifestyle Survey (formerly General Household Survey); HSE, Health Survey for England; ONS, Office of National Statistics Opinions Survey (formerly Omnibus Survey); ITC, International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.