|The Fagerstrom Test for|
How do you know if you’re already addicted to tobacco? Everyone’s situation is different. Please complete this test as truthfully as possible.
|1. How soon after you wake up do you smoke your first cigarette?
|Within 5 minutes||3|
|6 to 30 minutes||2|
|31 to 60 minutes||1|
|After 1 hour||0|| 2. Do you find it difficult to refrain from smoking in places where it is forbidden?
|3. Which cigarette would you most hate to give up?
|The first one in the morning||1|
|4. How many cigarettes per day do you smoke?
|31 or more||3|
|21 to 30||2|
|11 to 20||1|
|10 or fewer||0|
|5. Do you smoke more frequently during the first hours after waking than during the rest of the day?
|6. Do you smoke even if you are so ill that you are in bed most of the day?
Score of 6 or greater:|
Highly nicotine dependent
A score of 6 or greater on this scale has been used as a criteria to recommend nicotine medication therapy or another FDA-approved anti-smoking medication or both. Taking these medications for tobacco cessation works best in coordination with a group or individual behavioral treatment program.
Score of 5 (or less): Less nicotine-dependent
A score of 5 or less on this scale does not mean stopping smoking will be easy for you. This score has been used as a criteria to recommend a group or individual behavioral treatment program for smoking cessation. If not successful, consult your health care professional about nicotine medications or another FDA-approved antismoking medication or both.
Remember that no self-test can absolutely and accurately determine the nature of your problem or the solution. Please use it as a marker to help guide you along your own path.
Source: Fagerstrom KO, Heatherton TF, Kozlowski LT. Nicotine addiction and its assessement. Ear Nose Throat J 1991; 69:763-765