Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
From 2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey:
[NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]
[For ages 12 years and older:]
During the past 5 days did you use any product containing nicotine including cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or any other product containing nicotine?
Adults aged 18 years and older are classified as nonsmokers if they respond “no” to using any product containing nicotine in the past 5 days and if their serum cotinine level is less than or equal to 10 ng/mL. Only responses to the questions asked of persons who participated in the examination component of the survey were used, so that serum levels of cotinine could be available for analysis.
The limit of detection used for cotinine was revised to 0.05 ng/mL to be more consistent with other similar measures including indicators from Healthy People 2010 and the National Prevention Strategy. Using a lower level of detection of cotinine, may have allowed us to detect cotinine in persons who are currently categorized as ‘unexposed’.
This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:
For two year data estimates:
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
The limit of detection for cotinine used for the baseline at launch was 0.015ng/mL. The measure was revised in 2011 to use a limit of detection for cotinine of 0.05ng/mL, to be more consistent with similar measures including indicators from Healthy People 2010 and the National Prevention Strategy. As a result of this change, the original baseline was revised from 75.5% to 37.6%. The target was adjusted from 67.9% to 33.8% to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.
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