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The evaluation of motivation and addiction to nicotine in smokers attempting to quit smoking

Angelika Szwed
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(6):516-522.

open access

Vol 80, No 6 (2012)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2012-10-29
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract


Introduction:
Smoking cigarettes is a factor which increases the risk of developing many diseases, especially of the circulatory and respiratory systems. Quitting smoking is an essential element of prophylaxis and therapy. The effectiveness of treating the syndrome of nicotine addiction mostly depends on the motivation to give up the habit. The study aimed at evaluating the motivation and the strength of nicotine addiction as well as the factor which motivates smokers for giving up the habit.
Material and methods: Sixty-two smokers were included in the study. There were 31 males and 31 females. The mean age of the study subjects was 47.26 ± 14.45. The study was performed using the author-made survey (including for example questions regarding sociodemographic data and motives for quitting smoking), Fagerström Tolerance Questionnaire (for analyzing degree of nicotine addiction) and Schneider Motivation Test (to evaluate the degree of motivation to quit smoking).
Results: Thirty-seven subjects out of the total number of 62 were the least addicted to nicotine. They were highly motivated to give up the habit of smoking. The mean value of motivation depended on the level of education of the subjects and was 7.71–8.50 scores. Health concerns were the reasons to make a decision to quit smoking for the majority of the subjects.
Conclusions: Health concern is the most common reason for giving up the habit of smoking. The relationship between the motivation to quit smoking and the sex of the subjects was not observed.

Abstract


Introduction:
Smoking cigarettes is a factor which increases the risk of developing many diseases, especially of the circulatory and respiratory systems. Quitting smoking is an essential element of prophylaxis and therapy. The effectiveness of treating the syndrome of nicotine addiction mostly depends on the motivation to give up the habit. The study aimed at evaluating the motivation and the strength of nicotine addiction as well as the factor which motivates smokers for giving up the habit.
Material and methods: Sixty-two smokers were included in the study. There were 31 males and 31 females. The mean age of the study subjects was 47.26 ± 14.45. The study was performed using the author-made survey (including for example questions regarding sociodemographic data and motives for quitting smoking), Fagerström Tolerance Questionnaire (for analyzing degree of nicotine addiction) and Schneider Motivation Test (to evaluate the degree of motivation to quit smoking).
Results: Thirty-seven subjects out of the total number of 62 were the least addicted to nicotine. They were highly motivated to give up the habit of smoking. The mean value of motivation depended on the level of education of the subjects and was 7.71–8.50 scores. Health concerns were the reasons to make a decision to quit smoking for the majority of the subjects.
Conclusions: Health concern is the most common reason for giving up the habit of smoking. The relationship between the motivation to quit smoking and the sex of the subjects was not observed.
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Keywords

syndrome of addiction to nicotine; quitting smoking

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Title

The evaluation of motivation and addiction to nicotine in smokers attempting to quit smoking

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 80, No 6 (2012)

Pages

516-522

Published online

2012-10-29

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(6):516-522.

Keywords

syndrome of addiction to nicotine
quitting smoking

Authors

Angelika Szwed

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