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Tobacco Use
Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?
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The smoking behaviors and cancer-related disparities among urban middle aged and older men involved in the criminal justice system. View questions related to this article

TV viewing and BMI by Race/Ethnicity and socio-economic status. View questions related to this article

Recency of pap testing and future testing plans among women aged 18-64: Analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Illness representations of lung cancer, lung cancer worry, and perceptions of risk by smoking status. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

Awareness of direct-to-consumer genetic tests and use of genetic tests among Puerto Rican adults, 2009. View questions related to this article

Isolated and skeptical: Social engagement and trust in information sources among smokers. View questions related to this article

Determinants of consumer-driven healthcare: Self-confidence in information search, health literacy, and trust in information sources. View questions related to this article

Knowledge of and adherence to fruit and vegetable recommendations and intakes: Results of the 2003 health information national trends survey. View questions related to this article

Psychological distress and smoking behavior: the nature of the relation differs by race/ethnicity. View questions related to this article

Smoking patterns in cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and family history of lung cancer: Differences by smoking status. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Differences between RDD telephone and ABS mail survey design: coverage, unit nonresponse, and measurement error. View questions related to this article

What does the public know about preventing cancer? Results from the Health Information National TrendsSurvey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Racial differences in the perception of lung cancer: The 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Beliefs about heritability of cancer and health information seeking and preventive behaviors. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Smoking knowledge and behavior in the United States: sociodemographic, smoking status, and geographic patterns. View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Perceived ambiguity about cancer prevention recommendations: associations with cancer-related perceptions and behaviours in a US population survey. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Identifying sedentary subgroups: the National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Unrealistic optimism in smokers: implications for smoking myth endorsement and self-protective motivation. View questions related to this article

Predictors of perceived risk for colon cancer in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Cancer information scanning and seeking behavior is associated with knowledge, lifestyle choices, and screening. View questions related to this article

Knowledge of colon cancer screening in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

Systems and individual factors associated with smoking status: evidence from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Smokers' unrealistic optimism about their risk. View questions related to this article



Read HINTS Briefs
Do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?
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The smoking behaviors and cancer-related disparities among urban middle aged and older men involved in the criminal justice system. View questions related to this article

Is there such a thing as an online health lifestyle? Examining the relationship between social status, internet access, and health behaviors. View questions related to this article

Relationship between physical activity and general mental health. View questions related to this article

Illness representations of lung cancer, lung cancer worry, and perceptions of risk by smoking status. View questions related to this article

Awareness of direct-to-consumer genetic tests and use of genetic tests among Puerto Rican adults, 2009. View questions related to this article

Isolated and skeptical: Social engagement and trust in information sources among smokers. View questions related to this article

Determinants of consumer-driven healthcare: Self-confidence in information search, health literacy, and trust in information sources. View questions related to this article

Knowledge of and adherence to fruit and vegetable recommendations and intakes: Results of the 2003 health information national trends survey. View questions related to this article

Psychological distress and smoking behavior: the nature of the relation differs by race/ethnicity. View questions related to this article

Rural-urban differences in sunscreen use: Clarification of results from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Smoking patterns in cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and family history of lung cancer: Differences by smoking status. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Differences between RDD telephone and ABS mail survey design: coverage, unit nonresponse, and measurement error. View questions related to this article

Intention to quit smoking: Role of personal and family member cancer diagnosis. View questions related to this article

What does the public know about preventing cancer? Results from the Health Information National TrendsSurvey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Rural-urban differences in behaviors to prevent skin cancer: An analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Family history of lung cancer and contemplation of smoking cessation. View questions related to this article

Behavioral correlates of HPV vaccine acceptability in the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Smoking knowledge and behavior in the United States: sociodemographic, smoking status, and geographic patterns. View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

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Health behaviors in cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Fatalistic beliefs about cancer prevention and three prevention behaviors. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

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Predictors of perceived risk for colon cancer in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

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Read HINTS Briefs
How many times during the past 12 months have you stopped smoking for one day or longer because you were trying to quit smoking?
About how long has it been since you completely quit smoking cigarettes?
When you last smoked every day, how many cigarettes did you usually smoke each day?
Around this time 12 months ago, were you smoking cigarettes. . .
Next are some questions about new types of tobacco products that have been recently introduced. Have you ever heard of a tobacco product called Eclipse?
Have you heard of any other types of new tobacco products? These would include products like Accord, Advance, Omni, Exalt and Stonewall.
You said you have heard of {FILL WITH LIST OF ITEMS MENTIONED IN TU-18A-Jii}. Have you ever tried {this product/any of these products}?
{Now that you are using/When you tried or used} {FILL} {did/do} you smoke less of your regular brand of cigarettes, about the same number of your regular brand of cigarettes, or more of your regular brand of cigarettes?
As far as you know, is {FILL} less harmful than conventional cigarettes, equally harmful, or more harmful than conventional cigarettes?
Is the main reason you now smoke this type of cigarette because it is a way to reduce the health risks of smoking, to try to quit smoking, because of the taste, or for some other reason?
Tobacco companies have recently introduced new types of cigarettes that are claimed to have fewer harmful chemicals or carcinogens. These have names like Eclipse, Accord, Advance, and Omni. Have you ever tried one of these products?
Tobacco companies have also recently introduced new types of smokeless tobacco products. These have names like Arriva, Exalt, and Revel. Have you ever tried one of these products?
Have you ever smoked cigarettes every day for at least 6 months?
When you last smoked every day, how many cigarettes did you usually smoke each day?
Before being contacted for this survey, had you ever heard of telephone quit lines such as a toll-free number to call for help in quitting smoking?
In the past 12 months, did any doctor, dentist, nurse or other health professional suggest that you call or use a telephone helpline or quit line to help you quit smoking?
How likely would you be to call a smoking cessation telephone quit line in the future, for any reason?
Smoking Status (Composite of Smoke100 and SmokeNow Recode)
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Association of Smoking Cessation and Intentions to Quit: Role of Occupational Status, Health Professional’s Support, and Perceived Risk. View questions related to this article

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Multifactorial beliefs about the role of genetics and behavior in common health conditions: prevalence and associations with participant characteristics and engagement in health behaviors. View questions related to this article

Opportunities and Challenges for the Use of Large-Scale Surveys in Public Health Research: A Comparison of the Assessment of Cancer Screening Behaviors. View questions related to this article

Influence of provider discussion and specific recommendation on colorectal cancer screening uptake among U.S. adults. View questions related to this article

Can the inpatient hospital setting be a golden opportunity to improve colon cancer screening rates in the United States? View questions related to this article

Concern about security and privacy, and perceived control over collection and use of health information are related to withholding of health information from healthcare providers. View questions related to this article

The smoking behaviors and cancer-related disparities among urban middle aged and older men involved in the criminal justice system. View questions related to this article

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Read HINTS Briefs
How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: Smoking behavior is something basic about a person that they can't change very much.
Compared to people who smoke every day, do you think people who smoke just some days have less or more risk of getting health problems in their lifetime?
A hookah pipe (or shisha) is a large water pipe. People smoke tobacco using hookah pipes in groups at cafes or bars. Compared to smoking cigarettes, would you say that smoking tobacco using a hookah is…
How much do you think quitting cigarette smoking can help reduce the harmful effects of smoking?
How much do you think each of the following helps a current smoker reduce the harmful effects of smoking if the person continues to smoke?... Exercising
How much do you think each of the following helps a current smoker reduce the harmful effects of smoking if the person continues to smoke?... Eating fruits and vegetables
How much do you think each of the following helps a current smoker reduce the harmful effects of smoking if the person continues to smoke?... Taking vitamins
How much do you think each of the following helps a current smoker reduce the harmful effects of smoking if the person continues to smoke?... Sleeping at least 8 hours per night
Which statement best describes the rules about smoking inside your home?
Have you ever looked for information on electronic cigarettes from any source?
What kinds of information on electronic cigarettes have you ever looked for from any source?
What information did you look for the most recent time you looked for information about electronic cigarettes?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from a doctor/pharmacist/health care provider?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from family or friends?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from government health agencies?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from health organizations or groups?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from religious organizations and leaders?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from tobacco companies?
In general, how much would you trust information about the health effects of electronic cigarettes from electronic cigarette companies?
Before being contacted for this survey (and regardless of whether or not you smoke), had you ever heard of telephone quitlines or websites for help with quitting smoking?
Have you ever called a telephone quitline or visited a website for help with quitting smoking?
How likely would you be to call a quitline or visit a website for help with quitting smoking in the future?
How many cigars, cigarillos, or little filtered cigars have you smoked in your entire life?
Do you now smoke cigars, cigarillos, or little filtered cigars every day, some days, or not at all?
Is the size of the cigars, cigarillos, or little filtered cigars that you usually smoke…
Before this survey, which of the following tobacco products have you ever heard of?
Which of the following tobacco products have you ever tried even once?
Have you used chewing tobacco, snus, snuff, or dip, at least 20 times in your entire life?
Do you now use chewing tobacco, snus, snuff, or dip every day, some days or not at all?
Were any of the tobacco products you used in the past 30 days flavored to taste like menthol (mint), clove, spice, alcohol (wine, cognac), candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets?
Of the five closest friends or acquaintances that you spend time with on a regular basis, how many of them use any kind of tobacco?
How soon after you wake up do you usually use any tobacco product?
How much do you agree or disagree that nicotine is the main substance in tobacco that makes people want to smoke?
How much do you agree or disagree that the nicotine in cigarettes is the substance that causes most of the cancer caused by smoking?
How much do you agree or disagree that addiction to nicotine is something that I am concerned about?
Overall, how addictive do you believe using electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes is?
Overall, how addictive do you believe smoking tobacco in a hookah is?
Overall, how addictive do you believe smoking roll your own cigarettes is?
Overall, how addictive do you believe smoking a pipe filled with tobacco cigarette smoking is?
How harmful do you think electronic cigarette use is to a person's health?
Do you believe that anyone regulates statements from tobacco companies about the contents or health effects of their tobacco products?
Who do you believe regulates statements that tobacco companies make about the contents or health effects of their tobacco products?
In your opinion, how qualified is the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products?
How likely do you think it is that tobacco products could be made without some of the chemicals that are harmful to health?
If a tobacco product made a claim that it was less addictive than other tobacco products, how likely would you be to use that product?
If a tobacco product made a claim that it was less harmful to health than other tobacco products, how likely would you be to use that product?
Smokeless Tobacco Status (Composite of UsedTobacco20Times and UseTobaccoNow Recode)
Cigar Smoking Status (Composite of NumberCigarsSmoked and SmokeNowCigars Recode)
CigSLTCigar Tobacco Status (Indicator of current polytobacco use (including only Cigarettes, Smokeless, and Cigar))
Do you now use an e-cigarette every day, some days, or not at all?
Do you think a tobacco product that says it has no additives is less harmful, about the same, or more harmful than a regular tobacco product?
Do you think a tobacco product that says it is organic is less harmful, about the same, or more harmful than a regular tobacco product?
CigSLTCigarEcig Tobacco Status (Indicator of current polytobacco use (including only Cigarettes, Smokeless, Cigar, and Ecig))
Electronic Cigarette Use (Composite of UsedECigEver and UseECigNow)
In the past 6 months, have you seen messages in newspapers or on television that say that a Federal Court has ordered tobacco companies to make statements about the dangers of smoking cigarettes?
Which of the following messages about the dangers of smoking cigarettes have you seen?
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