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Nicotine Dependence Questionnaire For Adolescents

The Nicotine Dependence Questionnaire for Adolescents (NDSA) contains questions about nicotine dependence in adolescents. It has questions about the intensity and severity of nicotine use in terms of dependence symptoms, such as craving, withdrawal, and tolerance.

Time to complete

2 minutes

Eligibility

The Nicotine Dependence Questionnaire for Adolescents is open to all adolescents ages 12-18 who have used or experimented with nicotine products. Participants must be able to understand and complete the questionnaire independently, with minimal assistance.

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Questions for Nicotine Dependence Questionnaire For Adolescents

1.

Do you think you would be able to quit smoking cigarettes if you wanted to? 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. I don't smoke now
  2. Definitely yes
  3. Probably yes
  4. Probably not
  5. Definitely not
2.

How soon after you wake up do you usually smoke your first cigarette? On a weekday (Monday to Friday)? 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. I don’t smoke now
  2. Less than 15 minutes
  3. 15 to 30 minutes
  4. More than 30 but less than 60 minutes
  5. 1 to 2 hours
  6. More than 2 hours but less than half a day
  7. More than half a day
  8. I don’t smoke during the weekdays
3.

How soon after you wake up do you usually smoke your first cigarette? During the weekend? 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. I don’t smoke now
  2. Less than 15 minutes
  3. 15 to 30 minutes
  4. More than 30 but less than 60 minutes
  5. 1 to 2 hours
  6. More than 2 hours but less than half a day
  7. More than half a day
  8. I don’t smoke during the weekdays
4.

If you are sick with a bad cold or sore throat, do you smoke cigarettes?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. I don’t smoke now
  2. No, I stop smoking when I am sick
  3. Yes, but I cut down on the amount I smoke
  4. Yes, I smoke the same amount as when I’m not sick
5.

How true is this statement for you? When I go without a smoke for a few hours, I experiencecraving. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. I don’t smoke now
  2. Not at all true
  3. Not very true
  4. Fairly true
  5. Very true
6.

How true is this statement for you? I sometimes have strong cravings where it feels like I'm inthe grip of a force that I can't control. 

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. I don’t smoke now
  2. Not at all true
  3. Not very true
  4. Fairly true
  5. Very true

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Here are some FAQs and additional information
on
Nicotine Dependence Questionnaire For Adolescents

What is Nicotine Dependence?

Nicotine Dependence is a condition in which a person is physically and/or psychologically dependent on nicotine, either through smoking or other means. It can lead to an increase in nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms when nicotine is not available.

Why do adolescents become nicotine dependent?

Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction because their brains are still developing and they may not fully understand the risks associated with nicotine use. Peer pressure and the availability of tobacco products can also increase the risk of nicotine dependence in adolescents.

What are the health risks of nicotine dependence?

Nicotine dependence can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and other serious health problems. It can also lead to symptoms such as mood swings, difficulty concentrating, and weight gain.

How can adolescents quit nicotine?

Quitting nicotine can be challenging but there are a variety of treatments and therapies available for adolescents that can help them quit, such as counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, and medications.

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