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DUBAI – A new study released on Sunday (August 25) revealed why smoking can cloud up your relationships, and why quitting cigarettes is the best thing you can do for yourself.
The study titled “Unsmoke: Clearing the Way for Change” is based on findings from a major international study by Philip Morris International (PMI) and research firm Povaddo.
The report explores the current mindset toward smoking of both smokers and nonsmokers, and the role smoking—and unsmoking—plays in personal and social relationships.
How does smoking ruin your relationships? For one, it puts off visitors big time. The survey revealed that an overwhelming majority (69 percent) of non-smokers do not like visiting smokers’ homes because they feel uncomfortable being around smoke.
The lingering smell of cigarettes on a smoker’s clothes is a major turn off for 77 percent of people. Even outside the home, non-smokers say the worst smell of cigarettes is on smokers’ clothes.
So how do you bring people closer and improve your social life? Quitting cigarettes and nicotine altogether is the best option. You can also turn to smoke-free alternatives, but these may have less of an impact on personal relationships, according to the survey.
Almost half of former smokers (48 percent) who have switched to smoke-free alternatives reported improved relationships with family and friends since switching.
Many (45 percent) reported that their social lives have improved as a result, with a slightly higher proportion of men than women reporting this improvement.
Unsmoking may offer further opportunities to close the social gap between smokers and nonsmokers.
According to the survey, smokers experience social awkwardness—with half (53 percent) saying they feel uncomfortable around non-smoking friends and relatives even while not smoking.
“We are creating a movement to help the world unsmoke,” said Marian Salzman, senior vice president, global communications at PMI. “These results.. show us where there are differences in social values, but, more important, they reveal the similarities that will help the #unsmokeyourworld initiative move from person to person, city to city, and smoker to unsmoker to bring about global change.”
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