Welcome to the IUSS!
The IU Smoking Survey, funded by the National Institute of Health, is one of the longest ongoing longitudinal studies in the United States to focus specifically on cigarette smoking and tobacco-related behavior.
With its focus on tobacco-related behavior, the IUSS has become an important resource for public health research. The IUSS regularly contributes to scientific articles and public policy decisions across the country. Feel free to read more about the IUSS, check out some of our research on our Study Findings page, and don't forget to keep in touch with the IUSS on Twitter and Facebook!
Participation in the IUSS
The IUSS is a longitudinal study, so we follow the same group of people over a long period of time. Unfortunately we cannot accept new participants at this time. If you've received a mailing or reminder from us and it is not addressed to you or you did not attend Bloomington High School North or Bloomington High School South between 1980 and 1989, please call (800) 437-9303.
The Indiana University Smoking Survey was initiated by the IU Psychology Department and Dr. Jim Sherman in 1980 with Dr. Laurie Chassin and Dr. Clark Presson, both of whom are now at Arizona State University. Though its origins are in psychology, with its focus on tobacco-related behavior, the IUSS has also become an important resource for public health research. IUSS regularly contributes to scientific articles and public policy decisions across the country. You can read more on our Study Findings page.
The Survey is recurrent, starting a new wave of research every 5-6 years, and in 2009 we began our ninth wave of data collection. Each wave begins with the mailing of our "Big Questionnaire," a paper questionnaire that ascertains basic data about tobacco use. Answers to the paper questionnaire determine whether or not participants are eligible to complete additional surveys for the IUSS. At any time during the wave, our participants are able to opt out of completing additional surveys.
For more information on the history of the project and other current findings, listen to Dr. Jon Macy's interview on Bloomington's WFHB's "My Health Matters" radio segment at "My Health Matters featuring Dr. Jon Macy" on the Public Radio Exchange.