Table 17.12-4. Identifying the stage of the patient’s motivation to quit

Stage

Situation

Proportion of smokers

Precontemplation

Not intending to quit smoking in the next 6 months

30%-45%

Contemplation

Maybe in the next 6 months but not the next month

35%-50%

Preparation

Tried to stop smoking in the past year

 

Action

Stopped <6 months ago

 

Maintenance

Stopped >6 months ago

 

Based on Clin Chest Med. 1991;12(4):727-35.