Find out your nicotine dependence.
Knowing how addicted you are can help you quit. It can help you decide if you need extra help, such as medicine or support from a program.
Your answers to the questions below can provide insight into your addiction, if it exists. Choose one answer (A, B or C), which you think is the most appropriate for you. Review the section following the test to determine your dependability on cigarettes. Be honest with yourself!
Answer these 10 questions to find out how hooked you are.
- Why do you smoke?
- You smoke for pleasure and to relax yourself
- You smoke to get a lift to prevent yourself from slowing down
- You smoke when you are angry or upset and realize that you are not smoking
- Do you find it difficult to stop yourself from smoking in public places such as a library, an auditorium or a church?
- Not at all
- When do you usually smoke your first cigarette for the day?
- No specific time
- Between 30 to 60 minutes after waking up
- Within 5 minutes of waking up
- How many cigarettes do you smoke in a day?
- Less than 10
- Between 10 to 30
- More than 30
- Which cigarette will you find most difficult to dispense with?
- During the first half of the day
- The first one
- Do you smoke mostly in the first few hours of the day?
- Not necessarily
- Do you need company to smoke?
- Yes, always
- Is smoking a part of your day-to-day routine?
- Can’t say
- Do you smoke to fight stress?
- Do you smoke when you are sick or when you are in bed?
If you responded with A to most of the questions, it means you smoke cigarettes because you get a lot of pleasure from smoking. You feel good after smoking. It is more than likely that you are in the first stage of nicotine addiction. This does not mean that you are free from contracting a smoking-related disease. In fact, you are equally susceptible to suffer from heart and lung diseases. Quitting smoking is relatively easier for you.
If you answered with mostly B’s then you are not hooked. It has not become a part and parcel of daily life. You are mostly a social smoker; you usually like to smoke with others. There is still time to prevent your body from becoming dependent on nicotine. Quitting may not be easy, but it’s 100% doable.
If C was your most common answer, you are more than likely psychologically and physically dependent on nicotine. It is a hard addiction to break. You are highly susceptible to smoking-related illnesses. But there is still a way out. With the help of nicotine replacement therapies, or natural methods, you’ll be able to successfully kick nicotine addiction in the butt. Quitting will require discipline and self-control. You are strong enough!