For many studies a single item assessing craving is appropriate. This can be question 1 from the QSU:
“Please answer this statement on a scale from 0 (Strongly Disagree) to 100 (Strongly Agree).
I have a desire for a cigarette right now.”
Otherwise the QSU 10 item version can be used.
Add the total score of each item for a total score. There are no reverse items.
Tiffany ST, & Drobes (1991): The development and initial validation of a questionnaire on smoking urges. British Journal of Addiction 86:1467-1476.
Cox LS, Tiffany ST, & Christen AG, (2001): Evaluation of the brief questionnaire of smoking urges (QSU-brief) in laboratory and clinical settings. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 3:7-16.
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