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Is smoking contagious?

Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
From a psychosocial perspective I would have to say yes. From an infectious disease standpoint I would say no. Is your health directly affected if the people around you smoke -- yes. Will you automatically start smoking because the man next to you lit up -- no. Peer pressure, stress, family members who smoke and plain old curiosity may lead to your first cigarette. However, you have a choice to say 'no' to a potential life-long habit that will eventually harm your health.

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