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Quiz: Do You Need Help to Quit?

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Take the Stop Smoking Quiz

What kind of smoker are you? Answer the following questions about your smoking habits. Then click the "Score Quiz" button for a profile of your nicotine dependence and some ideas about how to tame your cravings as you become a non-smoker.

The key to success in kicking the habit is to create a personal quit plan. You'll know more about how strongly addicted you are, and can use this information to help you design a detailed plan based on your smoking patterns. Many states have free counseling stop-smoking lines to help.

These suggestions are for adults who are not pregnant. Teens and pregnant women should talk with their doctors about how much they smoke, and what methods are most likely to work for and be safer for them.


How soon after you wake do you smoke your first cigarette?


Do you find it difficult to refrain from smoking in places where it is forbidden (for example, in church, at the library, at the movies)?


Which cigarette would you most hate to give up?


How many cigarettes per day do you smoke?


Do you smoke more frequently during the first hours after waking than during the rest of the day?


Do you smoke if you are so ill that you are in bed most of the day?




Adapted from: Heatherton TF, Kozlowski LT, Frecker RC, Fagerstrom KO. The Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence: A revision of the Fagerstrom Tolerance Questionnaire. British Journal of Addictions 1991; 86:1119-27.

AHCPR Supported Clinical Practice Guidelines 18. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Available online at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed October 2, 2008.