[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 227 (Monday, November 26, 2012)]
[Page 70451]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28575]



National Institutes of Health

Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Methodological Studies for 
the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment 
on proposed data collection projects, the National Institute on Drug 
Abuse (NIDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish 
periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
    Proposed Collection: Title: Methodological Studies for Population 
Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. Type of Information 
Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: The 
PATH study will establish a population-based framework for monitoring 
and evaluating the behavioral and health impacts of regulatory 
provisions implemented as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and 
Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
NIDA is requesting generic approval from OMB for methodological studies 
to improve the PATH study instrumentation and data collection 
procedures. These methodological studies will support ongoing 
assessment and refinement of the PATH study's design, and highlight 
ways to improve study implementation and techniques for retention and 
followup. Data collection methods to be used in these methodological 
studies include: in-person and telephone surveys; web and smartphone/
mobile phone surveys; and focus group and individual in-depth 
qualitative interviews. Biospecimens may also be collected from adults.
    Frequency of Response: Annual [As needed on an on-going and 
concurrent basis]. Affected Public: Individuals. Type of Respondents: 
Youth (ages 12-17) and Adults (ages 18+). Annual Reporting Burden: See 
Table 1. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at: $227,562. 
There are no capital, operating or maintenance costs.

          Table 1--Estimated Annual Reporting Burden Summary--Methodological Studies for the PATH Study
                                     Type of         Number of     Responses per     Hours per      Annual hour
   Data collection activity        respondent       respondents     respondent       response         burden
In-person and telephone         Adults..........           3,000               1          1\1/2\           4,500
                                Youth...........           2,000               1          1\1/2\           3,000
Web and smartphone/mobile       Adults..........           3,000               1          1\1/2\           4,500
 phone surveys.
                                Youth...........           2,000               1          1\1/2\           3,000
Focus groups and individual in- Adults..........             800               1               2           1,600
 depth qualitative interviews.
                                Youth...........             800               1               2           1,600
    Total.....................  ................          11,600  ..............  ..............          18,200

    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the 
following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on those who are to 
respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans 
contact Kevin P. Conway, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of 
Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on 
Drug Abuse, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 5185; Rockville, MD 20852, or 
call non-toll free number 301-443-8755 or email your request, including 
your address to: [email protected].
    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: November 14, 2012.
Glenda J. Conroy,
Executive Officer (OM Director), NIDA.
[FR Doc. 2012-28575 Filed 11-23-12; 8:45 am]