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Are You Headed for a Relapse?
by Staff
Most smokers who decide to quit ultimately start again. But what exactly triggers the relapse and how can you fight it? Find out how close you could be to falling off the wagon in our smoker's quiz.

True or False: Children who live in households with a parent who smokes are more likely to smoke themselves.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Secondhand smoke results in approximately how many lung cancer deaths in the United States each year?

  • 300
  • 1,000
  • 3,000
  • 30,000

How much money could the typical smoker save in one year on the cost of cigarettes alone if he quits smoking?

  • $1,220
  • $1,638
  • $16,380
  • $24,801

After the withdrawal period, smokers typically relapse because of contact with "triggers." What are triggers?

  • Places a smoker used to smoke.
  • People a smoker used to smoke with.
  • Stressful situations that make a smoker crave a cigarette.
  • All of the above.

Smokers can save money on insurance premiums simply by stopping smoking. Which type of insurance does NOT offer cheaper rates to non-smokers?

  • Homeowner's insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance

How long do the physical withdrawal symptoms resulting from quitting smoking usually last?

  • 6 months to a year
  • 5 to 8 months
  • 3 to 4 weeks
  • 1 to 2 weeks

Which of the following physical changes can smokers expect to see within a few weeks of quitting?

  • Quicker hair growth
  • All of the tar gone from the lungs
  • More elastic skin
  • More wrinkles

How soon after their last cigarette do most smokers typically relapse?

  • Within 1 week
  • Within 1 month
  • Within 3 months
  • After 1 year

True or False: Successfully quitting smoking improves your taste for foods and your sense of smell.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

After what period of time will an ex-smoker's risk of contracting lung cancer be the same as someone who has never smoked?

  • 1 year
  • 5 years
  • 10 years
  • 20 years

What percentage of smokers who try to quit eventually relapse?

  • 30 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 90 percent

What is a good way for smokers to handle the need to have something in their mouths?

  • Chewing on carrot sticks
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Simply ignoring it
  • Eating candy

Which of the following is NOT a symptom of physical withdrawal?

  • Nausea
  • Sadness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased appetite

True or False: After slipping up and smoking one cigarette, it's okay to smoke more cigarettes, as long as you start quitting again the next day.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

How long does the typical nicotine craving last during the physical withdrawal period?

  • Only a few minutes.
  • As long as half an hour.
  • More than half an hour.
  • About an hour.

The nicotine found in cigarettes is extremely addictive. How long does it take for the physiological effects of the drug begin to wear off?

  • 20 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 5 hours
  • 10 hours

True or False: Cigarette smoking decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

  • A treatment for smoking cessation that involves replacing nicotine with another drug
  • A treatment for smoking cessation that involves taking small doses of nicotine to reduce cravings
  • Any type of psychological treatment to help a patient quit smoking
  • An experimental therapy involving smoking nicotine-less cigarettes

True or False: If a certain person, place or situation reminds you of smoking, you should avoid it at all costs after quitting.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Which of the following is a common "trigger" for many smokers?

  • Having an alcoholic drink
  • Taking a nap
  • Grocery shopping
  • Washing the dishes