According to new research, kicking the habit may help people achieve more than just an improved health status. It seems that individuals who decide to quit smoking have more chances of broadening their social circles.
The myth says that smokers are more social than non-smokers because when they go out to puff a cigarette, they start up conversations with other tobacco-loving peers, interactions that would not have happened if the individuals were not addicted to nicotine.
However, a recent study busted the “smokers are more social myth” demonstrating that once a smoker goes cold turkey he or she has more chances of meeting non-smokers, thus creating more friendships, broadening their social circles without having to inhale nicotine-filled smoke.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a surprise, but it’s a welcome finding. It’s good to have it documented by a study that quitting smoking will broaden your social circles,” declared Dr. Norman Edelman, American Lung Association senior medical consultant.
The study also confirmed the previously hypothesized idea that if people who are trying to kick the habit spend more time around non-smokers have more chances of staying clean than those who continue to hang around smokers.
For decades the number of smokers in the United States has been declining. Currently, smokers are at an all-time low, only 17 percent of the population keeping the habit.
One of the constant fear of smokers is that they will lose their fellow smoking friends if they renounce their usual cigarette talk. Megan Piper, research director at Wisconsin University’s Tobacco Research Center, declared:
“Smokers are afraid of losing their friends to the nonsmoking world. There is a vacuum for a while when people quit, and they tend to fill it.”
Piper added that she and her colleagues observed a recurrent tendency among people who decide to quit smoking. Most of the individuals who choose to renounce their nicotine addiction break off their relationships with individuals who continue to indulge in the habit. The researcher declared that this particular occurrence would be studied in the future.
Individuals who decide to quit have more opportunities to meet people since they can spend more time at restaurants, clubs, stores, and other smoke-free locations.
Are you a smoker or a non-smoker? What do you think about the idea that kicking the habit will help smokers make more friends?
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