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Texas Adolescent Tobacco and Marketing Surveillance System's Design

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Objectives: We provide a full methodological description of the design of the wave I and II (6-month follow-up) surveys of the Texas Adolescent Tobacco and Marketing Surveillance System (TATAMS), a longitudinal surveillance study of 6th, 8th, and 10th grade students who attended schools in Bexar, Dallas, Tarrant, Harris, or Travis counties, where the largest metropolitan areas in Texas (San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin, respectively) are located. Methods: TATAMS used a complex probability design, yielding representative estimates of these students in these counties during the 2014-2015 academic year. Weighted prevalence of the use of tobacco products, drugs and alcohol in wave I, and the percent of: (1) bias, (2) relative bias, and (3) relative bias ratio, between waves I and II are estimated. Results: The wave I sample included 79 schools and 3907 students. The prevalence of current cigarette, e-cigarette and hookah use at wave I was 3.5%, 7.4%, and 2.5%, respectively. Small biases, mostly less than 3.7%, were observed for non-respondents in wave II. Conclusions: Even with adaptations to the sampling method, the resulting sample adequately represents the target population. Results from TATAMS will have important implications for future tobacco policy in Texas and federal regulation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2017-04-01

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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