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Alison Beaver: Why Do You Smoke? Take a Quiz and Find Out

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I wanted to share one of the best “smoking quizzes” that I have found, and used frequently when I did smoking cessation consultations with individuals who were interested and motivated to quit.

With no other name than the empirically-titled, “Why I Smoke Test”, the questions and answers help individuals pinpoint the reason(s) behind their smoking behavior, whether they smoke for stimulation, relaxation and/or pleasure; if they are smoking out of habit, “handling” or craving, or a combination of some (or all) of these.

I’ll explain each category, and then you can determine which of these categories (one, some or all) may apply to you, on a scale of:
1=never; 2=seldom; 3=occasionally; 4=frequently; 5=always. Figuring out they “why” behind your smoking behavior is an important step in determining why you smoke (duh!)…which then leads to what your potential triggers may be, and finally, what combination of proven quit method(s) would be most beneficial to you.

(Please note: The “reason categories” below are not mutually exclusive, meaning, you may smoke because it helps you relax at certain times, and you may also smoke because it helps provide stimulation at other times; you can choose both categories).

Some individuals prefer the stimulating effects of nicotine (as opposed to the relaxing effects of nicotine). You may smoke to keep yourself from slowing down or to “perk up” and give yourself “a lift”. (Similar to why people drink coffee, soda or other caffeinated beverages).

There is a ritual to smoking: everything from lighting the cigarette, walking out on the back deck and watching the smoke swirl around you, to the feel of the cigarette in your mouth and hands. Handling the cigarette is one of the most enjoyable parts to smoking for some individuals, and they may have lots of fun paraphernalia. (Have you seen all the novelty lighters out there?! They are for all of the handlers!)

Smoking cigarettes is extremely pleasurable for smokers, and they feel good and content when smoking.

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