quiz: how ready are you?
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Based on “Decisional Balance Measure for Assessing and Predicting Smoking Status” by W.F. Velicer, C.C. DiClemente, J.O. Prochaska and N. Brandenburg. First published in 1985 , this test has been used widely over the years.
Are you ready to quit right now? Or do you need a little time to think about how quitting may benefit your life?
Even if you know you’re not quite ready to take action just yet, this short test is sure to get you thinking! Please rate the degree you which you agree or disagree with each of the statements.
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It looks like you still see a lot of positives about smoking and you may be a little hesitant to take action. We encourage you to think about your life and your personal reasons for smoking. We also encourage you to spend a bit of time thinking about the positive aspects of quitting. Most people cite improved health and reduced risk of many devastating smoking-related illnesses. Others are motivated by financial savings, freedom from the addiction, or setting a positive example for their children or grandchildren.
Are you tired of spending a lot of money on cigarettes? Want to see how much money you’ll be saving? Check out our Savings Calculator to quickly see the cost savings of quitting.
Are you sick of having to go outside in the rain or snow to get your nicotine fix? Are you sick of being controlled by the addiction to cigarettes? Have most of your friends quit already? Are you finding that smoking is less socially acceptable?
This is a time to stop and think and to weigh your options. Even if you’re not yet ready to quit completely, perhaps you may be ready to take one or two small steps towards quitting, like cutting back on the number of cigarettes you smoke.
We also invite you to connect with the Smokers’ Helpline to further discuss the positives and negatives of quitting and to help you weigh your options. When you get in touch with us there is no pressure to quit smoking right away, but rather we’re here to support you regardless of where you are in the process.
If you scored over 50%, you feel that there are more positives to quitting smoking. You may be thinking about quitting smoking, or you may have already taken some steps toward quitting.
If so, we encourage you to the Helpline website to learn more about services available, along with some helpful tips and articles. You can also call our Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864.
Even if you’re not yet ready to quit completely, it’s likely that you’re ready to take a few steps towards quitting. Check out the small steps you can take towards quitting and cutting back the number of cigarettes you smoke. Good luck with quitting smoking! Remember, you can do it!
Smoking cigarettes is pleasurable.
My smoking affects the health of others.
I like the image of a cigarette smoker.
Others close to me would suffer if I became ill from smoking.
I am relaxed and therefore more pleasant when smoking.
Because I continue to smoke, some people I know think I lack the character to quit.
If I try to stop smoking, I’ll be irritable and a pain to be around.
Smoking cigarettes is hazardous to my health.
My family and friends like me better when I am happily smoking than when I am miserable trying to quit.
I’m embarrassed to have to smoke.
I like myself better when I smoke.
My cigarette smoking bothers other people.
Smoking helps me concentrate and do better work.
People think I’m foolish for ignoring the warnings about cigarette smoking.
Smoking cigarettes relieves tension.
People close to me disapprove of my smoking.
By continuing to smoke, I feel I am making my own decisions.
I’m foolish to ignore the warnings about cigarettes.
After not smoking for a while, a cigarette makes me feel great.
I would be more energetic right now if I didn’t smoke.