The Fagerström test assesses a smoker's physical dependence on cigarettes and nicotine using six questions. The scores obtained vary between 0 and 10, establishing several degrees of dependence, from the weakest to the strongest. The results obtained make it possible to adapt the treatments that will be offered to help people quit smoking.
How soon after waking up do you smoke your first cigarette?: "This first question is the most important of the test because it measures the time that one can remain without nicotine. Those who take their cigarette five minutes after waking up have generally started smoking around the age of 15. They present physical dependence and have a considerable number of nicotinic receptors in their body, of which they are victims despite themselves". "The others, those who do not smoke in the morning, do not smoke outside when it rains, when they are sick... They have a much less strong physical dependence and are more of a psycho-behavioral dependence. In a regular smoker, cigarettes taken in the hour of getting up are almost always physical dependence, "says the tobacco specialist.