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Nicotine Addiction

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Take the Nicotine Addiction Quiz
Total Points
1 - 2
3 - 4
5 - 6
7 - 10
Profile
"A"
"B"
"C"
"D"
Quitting Cold Turkey
good option
acceptable option
very hard
very hard
Consult Doctor
may help
good option
good option
good option
Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT)
good option
good option
may help
may help
Advanced Pharmaceutical Interventions
may help
may help
good option
good option
Combination Therapy with NRTs
may help
may help
good option
good option
Support Program
may help
may help
good option
good option
Nicotine Addiction Profile Assessment
Number of questions answered 'YES' to in quiz
Packs Smoked per Day
0 to 1
1 Point
Less than 1/2 pack
1 Point
2
2 Points
1/2 to 1 pack
2 Points
3 to 4
3 Points
1 pack
3 Points
5
4 Points
1 to 2 packs
4 Points
Greater than 5
5 Points
More than 2 packs
5 Points
How addictive is nicotine? Well, if you had 3 or more checks then you ARE addicted to nicotine.
If you also smoke within 5 minutes of awakening and smoke greater than 25 cigarettes per day, then you have a
highly addicted profile.

Here is a common sense scoring system to guide you in identifying what method may be best for your individual nicotine addiction profile.
As always, consult your physician or smoking cessation professional to develop your own customized plan for smoking cessation.

Have you developed a tolerance to nicotine requiring a need for greater amounts to get the desired feeling? Another way to ask this is, do you get the same "buzz" from the same amount of cigarettes as before?

Do you suffer withdrawal symptoms when you stop smoking or do you take a nicotine replacement or other similar product to reduce the withdrawal symptoms?

Do you spend a lot of time in activities necessary to obtain cigarettes or recover from their effects?

Are you willing to give up or reduce the number of work-related, recreational, or social activities in order to smoke?

Have you ever continued to smoke even when faced with a health problem that is directly caused by and/or worsened by smoking?

Have you smoked more or over a longer period than was intended?

Do you have a persistent desire for, or have you had unsuccessful effort to, cut down or control your nicotine use?

Do you suffer from characteristic withdrawal symptoms when no longer smoking cigarettes?

Do you smoke to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms?


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