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National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

Principal Investigator: Renee Gindi / Catherine Corey

Funding Mechanism: Interagency Agreement

ID number: 224-10-9022

Award Date: 8/10/2010

Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), is the principal source of information on the health of the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized household population.  The NHIS has been conducted continuously since its inception in 1957 with the goal of monitoring the health of the nation.  The NHIS is a cross-sectional, multistage area probability design with a representative sample of households and non-institutional group quarters; Black, Hispanic and Asian persons are oversampled.  Sampling is at the household level; tobacco use questions are asked of one randomly selected adult (aged 18 or older) in each family. The sample size of adults participating in the 2010-2012 surveys has ranged from 27,157 to 34,525. The goal of this specific project is to expand the annual NHIS tobacco use questions to capture non-cigarette product use; specifically, new survey questions will assess ever and current use of e-cigarettes, non-cigarette combustible products and non-combustible tobacco products to complement annual NHIS data on cigarette prevalence. These data may be used to monitor trends in non-cigarette tobacco use over time and among various socio-demographic groups.