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Stages of Quitting
Tobacco users go through stages
- Pre contemplation (60% of users are in this stage)
- These tobacco users deny having a problem and have no
intention of quitting. These are the "get out of my face" tobacco
users. Raising their awareness of the oral effects of tobacco in a
very low-key, sensitive approach may help. It is important to let
them know that your office would be happy to help them if they
ever do become interested in quitting.
- Contemplation (32% of users are in this stage)
- Contemplators know they have a problem. They would like to
quit someday but they have no commitment to take action now. They
may have indefinite plans to quit within 6 months or so. People
can remain stuck in this stage for years.
- Preparation for Action (8% of users are in this
- Tobacco users in this stage are ready to quit within the next
month but they have not necessarily resolved their ambivalence.
They have reasons to quit and may have tried in the past.
Action (Normally takes 3 to 6 months to complete)
- Maintenance (May last for 6 months to a lifetime)
Possible Relapse (and through the cycle again; the
majority of relapsers do not go all the way back to pre
Our advice and support in the dental
office can encourage tobacco users to go through the stages of change
until they are successful.
Even if they are unable to quit, they are further
on their way -- for it takes many people a number of attempts,
sometimes over many years, before they are successful.
You must have patience, a sensitive manner, and a
chronic mindset when trying to help tobacco using