Does it help to quit smoking with others?

A study published recently revealed that if you quit smoking with someone else, you have a better chance at success.

The study by Dr. Nicholas Christakis and Dr. James Fowler, which was published the May 2008 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine showed the rate of smoking cessation improves when pairs and groups of people attempt to quit smoking together. The study defined anyone who smoked more than one cigarette a day as a smoker.

The researchers used information from seven different time points, about three years apart during a 21-year period.

Research results showed that people tend to be more successful in their efforts to quit smoking if they are giving it a go with someone else or with a group of people.

It is no surprise that close relationships had the greatest impact. Those whose spouses quit smoking were two-thirds less likely to smoke. With a close friend, the chances were at 36 percent, while co-workers in a small, intimate business were 34 percent less likely to smoke, if a workmate quits.

Siblings quitting made the subjects 25 percent less likely to smoke.

The study even confirmed that smokers can be influenced by people quitting that are three degrees of separation from themselves or even four degrees of separation from themselves. If subject "A" has a friend subject " B" who has a friend, subject "C" who quits smoking, subject "A" is 29 percent less likely to smoke. If subject "C" has a friend, subject "D" who quits, subject "A" is 11 percent less likely to smoke, the research showed.

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