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University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office

Making the Decision to Quit

What brings a person towards the decision to quit smoking? Researchers have been looking into it for years. One theory that has been used is the "Stages of Change Model." The model is based on research that shows that behavior changes related to smoking occur over a continuum. In other words, not all people are at the same point in the "getting ready to quit" scenario. Here's an overview of the stages:

Where do you fit in this model? If you are thinking about quitting, setting a date and deciding on a plan will move you into the preparation stage, the best place to start.

If you have not already done so, you might want to complete the self-assessment tools in Section 3, Self-Assessment. Bringing your self-assessments with you when you see your PCP can be helpful in your conversations about quitting smoking.

For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or