Nicotine dependence and likelihood of quitting smoking

Rodger P. Pinto, David Brian Abrams, Peter M. Monti, Stephane I. Jacobus

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This study examined the hypothesis that high nicotine dependent smokers would have more difficulty with initial cessation of smoking than low dependent smokers as measured by the Fagerstrom Tolerance Questionnaire (FTQ). Two replications of a nicotine-fading smoking program were conducted at different worksites. Significantly less heavily dependent smokers quit smoking during treatment. The correlation between the FTQ and smoking rate at posttreatment remained even when the pretreatment rate of smoking was partialled out. It was concluded that the concept of nicotine dependence should be re-examined especially in the context of improving the quit rates of behavioral programs at the worksite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-374
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Pinto, R. P., Abrams, D. B., Monti, P. M., & Jacobus, S. I. (1987). Nicotine dependence and likelihood of quitting smoking. Addictive Behaviors, 12(4), 371-374.