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here to find out whether you're ready to quit smoking.
This interactive tool measures your readiness to quit smoking. The tool
uses the stages-of-change approach, which is based on research about how people
typically make behavior changes. The approach suggests that to make positive
change, people must go through distinct stages from not thinking about quitting
to actually quitting. Based on your answers, this tool will identify the stage
you are in and help you think about what to do next.
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
Your score will appear as
one of the following:
Quitting smoking, like most major
lifestyle changes, is a process. Understanding where you fall in this
process—your current stage of change—will help you and your doctor find the
right strategy. The best way to stop smoking is to get help and to follow a plan.
You can increase your chances of
quitting by using medicines, such bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix). Or you can use nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges,
patches, nasal sprays, or inhalers). Counseling (by phone, group, or one-on-one) can also help. And
using both medicines and counseling works even better.
For more information, see the topic
permission from: Zimmerman GL, et al. (2000). A "stages of change" approach to
helping patients change behavior. Figure 1. American Family Physician, 61(5): 1409–1416.
June 8, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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