Interactive Tool: Are You Ready to Quit Smoking? - What does your score mean?
Your score will appear as
one of the following:
Not ready. You are not
considering quitting for a variety of reasons. You may think that the benefits of smoking
outweigh its risks or that you cannot stop smoking.
Thinking about it. You may have mixed feelings about quitting.
In this stage you acknowledge that smoking is a problem, but you are not ready
or not sure you want to quit. For example, you may want to quit but believe
that you cannot quit because of past failures.
Preparing. You are motivated to quit smoking and are making
small steps toward that goal. In this stage, it is important that you gather
information about how to quit so that you understand what you must do to make
this major lifestyle change.
In the process.
This is the stage where you are actively taking steps to quit smoking. You will
need willpower to prevent starting smoking again. Congratulate yourself for
taking this step.
Have quit. To keep
your current nonsmoker status, you must continue to successfully avoid
temptation. This means anticipating situations in which you might slip up and
avoiding those situations. It may take years before the temptation to smoke
completely leaves and this change is truly established.
Have relapsed. If you start to smoke again, don't be
discouraged. It doesn't mean you can't quit for good. For most people, it
usually takes several tries at quitting before they finally quit. Think of
quitting smoking as a process. Learn from this experience at trying, and you
will be one step ahead.