There are so many health-related reasons to quit smoking, and now there is a new reason to add to that on-going list. This reason, however, has nothing to do with your heart or lungs; it has to do with your social standing.
A new study found that smoking might just be detrimental to popularity and social standing. Where smokers were once the center of the party, they have been moved to the periphery (think of all the smokers outside of bars). It seems that people start smoking in groups and also quit smoking in groups. If members of a social group quit smoking, there is a 36 percent chance that their friends will quit, too. A positive pack mentality (pun intended). If some members of the peer group continued to smoke, they tend to form their own social groups on the periphery of their former social network. However, once the smoker that was slow to quit stops smoking, they tend to move back to a more central position in their friendship groups. It pays to quit smoking, not only for your health, but for the health of your friendships.