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Smoking: Processes of Change (Long Form)

The following experiences can affect the smoking habits of some people. Think of any similar experiences you may be currently having or have had in the last month. Then rate the FREQUENCY of this event on the following five point scale.

1 = Never
2 = Seldom
3 = Occasionally
4 = Often
5 = Repeatedly

1. Special people in my life accept me the same whether I smoke or not. box
2. I see “No Smoking” signs in public buildings. box
3. I can be open with at least one special person about my experiences with smoking. box
4. I tell myself I can choose to smoke or not.
5. Instead of smoking I engage in some physical activity. box
6. I recall articles with the problems of quitting smoking. box
7. I notice that public places have sections set aside for smokers. box
8. I recall information people have personally given me on the benefits of quitting smoking. box
9. I am considering the belief that people quitting smoking will help to improve the world. box
10. I think about information from articles and advertisements on how to stop smoking. box
11. Remembering studies about illnesses caused by smoking upsets me. box
12. Other people in my daily life try to make me feel good when I don’t smoke 1 2 3 4 5 box
13. I tell myself I am able to quit smoking if I want to. box
14. I have someone who listens when I need to talk about my smoking. box
15. I remove things from my home that remind me of smoking. box
16. I tell myself that if I try hard enough I can keep from smoking. box
17. I recall information people have personally given me on how to stop smoking. box
18. I make commitments not to smoke.
19. I reward myself when I don’t smoke.
20. I notice that nonsmokers are asserting their rights. box
21. I stop to think that smoking is polluting the environment. box
22. I can expect to be rewarded by others if I don’t smoke. box
23. I keep things around my place of work that remind me not to smoke. box
24. I find society changing in ways that make it easier for the nonsmoker. box
25. I get upset when I think about my smoking.
26. I find that doing other things with my hands is a good substitute for smoking. box
27. When I am tempted to smoke, I think about something else. box
28. I do something else instead of smoking when I need to relax or deal with tension. box
29. I remove things from my place of work that remind me of smoking. box
30. Warnings about the health hazards of smoking move me emotionally. box
31. Dramatic portrayals of the evils of smoking affect me emotionally. box
32. I react emotionally to warnings about smoking cigarettes. box
33. I am rewarded by others if I don’t smoke. box
34. I consider the view that smoking can be harmful to the environment. box
35. I reassess the fact that being content with myself includes changing the smoking habit. box
36. I consciously struggle with the issue that smoking contradicts my view of myself as a caring and responsible person. box
37. I put things around my home that remind me not to smoke. box
38. My dependency on cigarettes makes me feel disappointed in myself. box
39. I am considering the idea that the world around me would be a better place without my smoking. box
40. I have someone whom I can count on when I’m having problems with smoking. box


Consciousness Raising 6, 8, 10, 17
Self-Liberation 4, 13, 16, 18
Dramatic Relief 11, 30, 31, 32
Counter-Conditioning 5, 26, 27, 28
Stimulus Control 15, 23, 29, 37
Helping Relationships 1, 3, 14, 40
Environmental Reevaluation 9, 21, 34, 39
Social Liberation 2, 7, 20, 24
Self Reevaluation 25, 35, 36, 38
Reinforcement Management 12, 19, 22, 33


Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., DiClemente, C.C., & Fava, J.L. (1988). Measuring the processes of change: Applications to the cessation of smoking. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 520-528.

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