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Another Reason to Quit Smoking: Popularity

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.

Looking to quit? Check out: Tips to Quit Smoking. Since it is easier to quit in groups, why not make it a group activity and invite your friends to a smokeout.


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I shun smokers openly. If out and someone lights up in the group i am chatting with I ask them to move away (nicely) if I hug someone i know and they reek i tell them so. My brother in law started smoking (to be cool) i told him it was disgusting and while in my car if he lit up he could walk home. My husband has had people over to play music with him, and they have been outside in my beautiful courtyard and lit up and i have gone out there and told them that it was non smoking and to refrain, and to not leave the butt on the ground. I have also told women i work with that i cant carpool with them, or go out to lunch if they plan on smoking.
gigill gigill 9 years
Yeah, smokers are almost like low-class social outcasts now.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I work in a smaller office where most people smoke, especially management. I often feel left out - they discuss alot of issues and make a lot of decisions out on smoke breaks. Those of us who don't join in this disgusting habit feel a bit left out of the decision making process. Still all things considered I'd rather be out of the loop than join them.
kohina kohina 9 years
I am so glad I quit smoking, but in retrospect... I secretly loved it when my smoking irritated the occasional self-righteous non-smoker (who does the fake cough thing) to no end.
kia kia 9 years
I notice I shun smokers unintentionally. I find the habit disgusting and can't stand the lingering smell.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Yeah, you'd think that having to go outside to smoke in -20 degree weather in the winter would be enough to make anyone quit. I don't let people smoke in my house and the smokers I work with all have to go outside to smoke. I would never smoke...too many negatives to count and there are not really any positives to it, so why do it?
serenavallentine serenavallentine 9 years
i just can't believe that it's 2008 and people are still smoking. and i'm sure i'll say that in 2009 and 2010, and so on.... i just comprehend why anyone would want to take up a gross habit like that.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've always thought smoking was the most disgusting habit.
Just-Oh Just-Oh 9 years
Wasn't there a commercial not too long ago that capitalized on this idea? I think a woman walked out on a balcony to smoke and lamented that she started in the first place to fit in and now she was a loner because of the habit. I know many ex-smokers, particularly women, who just stopped smoking when they could no longer smoke in the office.
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