Definitions & Data Sources

Definitions 

On the Survey Data, some survey questions are only asked of certain populations. The following groups and definitions provide details about possible populations being asked the survey questions.   

Adults: All survey respondents, which can be extrapolated to all Wyoming adults. 

Everyday smokers: Adults who had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke cigarettes every day.

Some-day smokers: Adults who had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke cigarettes on some days, but not every day.

Current smokers: Adults who had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke cigarettes every day or some days.

Former smokers: Adults who had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime but do not currently smoke cigarettes every day or some days.

Experimental smokers: Adults who had not smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime but had tried cigarette smoking, even one or two puffs.

Data Sources

Wyoming Adult Tobacco Survey 

All of the Survey Data and most of the data on the County Profiles come from the Wyoming Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS). The ATS is a standardized telephone survey that collects information on tobacco use prevalence and consumption, tobacco cessation methods and success rates, exposure to secondhand smoke, and attitudes about tobacco policies and environmental tobacco smoke. WYSAC has administered the ATS eleven times since 2002 under contract to the Wyoming Department of Health. 

Prevention Needs Assessment

The percentage of high school students who smoked in the last 30 days on the County Profiles comes from the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA). WYSAC administers the PNA under contract to the Wyoming Department of Health as a biennial survey of all 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students enrolled in public schools in the state of Wyoming. It represents an in-depth look at substance use, including tobacco use, and problem behavior among Wyoming youth.