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Smokes bidis

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TOBIDI indicates whether the respondent smokes bidis (small, hand-rolled cigarettes made of unprocessed tobacco wrapped in leaves).


Apart from slight differences in question wording, TOBIDI has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

Questions involving tobacco use are included in the standard DHS questionnaire beginning in Phase IV. TOBIDI is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • India 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Nepal 2011: All women age 15-49.
  • India: 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-W
  • Nepal: 2011-C, 2011-B, 2011-W, 2011-W