Hello MPC friends,
I’m currently working with an IHIS export of data related to smoking and I’ve discovered an error in the documentation for the CIGMENTHOL variable. According to the current docs a code of 1 corresponds to those who smoke plain cigarettes and a code of 2 corresponds to those who smoke menthols. However, using this mapping I get eactly backward results from what I expect. I find that in 2010 69.9% of whites smoked menthols and 17.8% of blacks. Obviously this is incorrect. I reviewed the the “survey text” section of the docs and this coding is, in fact, backwards. In the original question a code of 1 indicated menthol smokers and a code of 2 those that smoke plain cigarettes.