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Assessing smokers’ readiness to change
The Atlanta-based American Cancer Society put together a Stages of Change Model as they apply to a person’s readiness to quit smoking. This model can be used to assess a smoker’s readiness to quit.
This is the smoker who is not thinking seriously about quitting at the present time.
This person is actively thinking about quitting smoking but is not quite ready to make a serious attempt. They often have excuses for not quitting such as "too much stress at work."
Smokers in the preparation stage seriously intend to quit in the next month and often have tried to quit in the past 12 months. They usually have a plan.
This is the first six months when the smoker is actively quitting.
A period of six months to five years after quitting cigarette smoking when the ex-smoker is in danger of relapsing and takes steps to avoid it.