Thursday, December 6, 2007

Quiz: Why Do You Smoke?

Circle the appropriate number:
1.a.) I smoke when I need a pickup. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke to keep from slowing down. 1 2 3 4

2.a.) I smoke for the pleasure of it. 1 2 3 4
b.) I like to light up when I am comfortable
and relaxed. 1 2 3 4

3.a.) I smoke when I’m angry. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke when I’m anxious. 1 2 3 4
c.) I smoke when I’m tense. 1 2 3 4
d.) I smoke when I’m depressed. 1 2 3 4

4.a.) I get anxious when I think I might run out
of cigarettes. 1 2 3 4
b.) I get anxious if I must go someplace where I
will not be able to smoke when I really want to. 1 2 3 4

5.a.) I smoke a cigarette within thirty minutes of
getting up in the morning. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke when I’m not feeling well. 1 2 3 4
c.) I smoke a pack or more a day. 1 2 3 4
6.a.) Sometimes I smoke just to keep my hands busy. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke when I get bored. 1 2 3 4

A high ranking in one or both the questions in group one (1) indicates that you use cigarettes for stimulation or extra energy. You might smoke to help to stay awake or for a boost of energy to complete a task. You may use them when your body says it needs rest, but you have work to accomplish.

A high rating in group two (2) indicates that you use smoking to help you to relax, whether it is physical, mental, or both. You may use cigarettes during breaks at work, after you have completed a difficult job, or when you have that cup of coffee or alcoholic beverage.

High scores in group three (3) indicates that you use smoking to deal with negative effects in your life. Smoking gives you a lift when you become angry, depressed, tense or anxious.

The questions in group four (4) reflect your psychological dependencies. You are concerned that you will run out of cigarettes before it happens and way before you have any nicotine deprivation.

Group five (5) suggests that you have a chemical dependency. If each of your answers was high in this group, it means that without an occasional smoke, you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and occasionally fell a little uncomfortable.

Group six (6) tells us that you use smoking to have something to do with your hands when you are nervous or uncomfortable, maybe in social situations, or something to do when you are bored.

The different categories of questions in the quiz give a great variety of reasons why people with different needs smoke. Nicotine is an extremely powerful drug! It is more addictive than heroin or cocaine. If you read the papers you know cigarette manufacturers manipulate the amount of nicotine in their cigarettes to provide a consistent flavor and also to insure that you get the same dose with each cigarette you light up.