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Methods of the ITC four country smoking and vaping survey, wave 1 (2016)

journal contribution
posted on 01.10.2019, 00:00 authored by Mary E Thompson, Geoffrey T Fong, Christian Boudreau, Pete Driezen, Grace Li, Shannon Gravely, K Michael Cummings, Bryan W Heckman, Richard O'Connor, James F Thrasher, Georges Nahhas, Ron Borland, Hua YongHua Yong, Ann McNeill, Sara C Hitchman, Anne C K Quah
AIM: To describe the methods of the 2016 International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Smoking and Vaping (4CV) Survey, conducted in 2016 in Australia (AU), Canada (CA), England (EN) and the United States (US). METHODS: The respondents were cigarette smokers, former smokers (quit within the previous 2 years), and at-least-weekly vapers, aged 18 years and older. Eligible cohort members from the ITC Four Country Survey (4C) were retained. New respondents were sampled by commercial firms from their panels. Where possible, ages 18-24 and vapers were oversampled. Data were collected online, and respondents were remunerated. Survey weights were calibrated to benchmarks from nationally representative surveys. RESULTS: Response rates by country for new recruits once invited ranged from 15.2 to 49.6%. Sample sizes for smokers/former smokers were 1504 in AU, 3006 in CA, 3773 in EN and 2239 in the US. Sample sizes for additional vapers were 727 in CA, 551 in EN and 494 in the US. CONCLUSION: The International Tobacco Control Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey design and data collection methods allow analyses to examine prospectively the use of cigarettes and nicotine vaping products in jurisdictions with different regulatory policies. The effects on the sampling designs and response quality of recruiting the respondents from commercial panels are mitigated by the use of demographic and geographic quotas in sampling; by quality control measures; and by the construction of survey weights taking into account smoking/vaping status, sex, age, education and geography.

History

Journal

Addiction

Volume

114

Issue

S1

Season

Supplement: Findings from the 2016 ITC Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey

Pagination

6 - 14

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

eISSN

1360-0443

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Society for the Study of Addiction