“Why do I smoke?” Quiz

Last Updated August 2022 | This article was created by editorial staff and reviewed by Leisa Bailey, MD

Why do I smoke?

If you learn the answer to this question, it will be easier to stop smoking. Knowing why you smoke will help you find ways to make up for the things you may miss when you stop. Most people smoke for different reasons at different times. Reasons for smoking include psychological issues, habits, social pressures, and physical dependence on nicotine. The questionnaire below will help you decide which reasons are important in your smoking.

The 'Why Test'

For the following statements, select the answer that best describes your own experience.

I smoke to keep myself from slowing down.

Handling a cigarette is part of the enjoyment of smoking it.

Smoking is pleasant and relaxing.

I light up a cigarette when I feel angry about something.

When I am out of cigarettes, it’s nearly torture until I can get more.

I smoke to help calm me down when I am stressed.

I smoke automatically, without even being aware of it.

I smoke when people around me are smoking.

I smoke to perk myself up.

Part of my enjoyment from smoking is preparing to light up.

I get pleasure from smoking.

When I feel uncomfortable or upset, I light up a cigarette.

When I’m not smoking a cigarette, I’m very much aware of the fact.

I often light up a cigarette when one is still burning in the ashtray.

I smoke cigarettes with friends when I am having a good time.

When I smoke, part of the enjoyment is watching the smoke as I exhale.

I want a cigarette most often when I am comfortable and relaxed.

I smoke when I am “blue” and want to take my mind off what’s bothering me.

I get a real hunger for a cigarette when I haven’t had one in a while.

I’ve found a cigarette in my mouth and haven’t remembered it was there.

I always smoke when I am out with friends at a party, bar, etc.

I always smoke cigarettes to get a lift.