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Social Consequences of Smoking
In addition to the health risks associated with smoking, using tobacco has negative impacts on a person socially. For some teens, these social consequences may be more concerning than the health ones. Keep reading for more on the social consequences of smoking.
Smoking is marketed to young people as being a cool thing to do. The media often portrays tough or attractive people smoking, though this trend has been changing in recent years. More people are beginning to realize now that smoking has a negative impact on their social lives and opportunities, and this is why many young people choose not to smoke or want to quit. In fact, teens who realize that smoking affects their social life by driving away friends or dating partners are more likely to quit smoking.
Some of the negative social consequences of smoking are based on what smoking does to the person's body. Cigarettes and even smokless tobacco can:
Other negative social consequences of smoking are based on how people view cigarettes and their health consequences, and on laws meant to reduce smoking:
People who smoke may find in general that others aren't very excited to be around them, especially when they are smoking. They will smell bad and look less attractive to others. They will also look old sooner, possible losing teeth or having very unattractive teeth and getting wrinkly, leathery skin earlier in life. One of the best ways to stay looking young, attractive, and healthy is to take good care of your body, including not smoking. The more teens understand the negative effects of smoking on their social life the less likely they are to want to smoke.
Sources:Queen's University, Be Well, "Smoking - Social Consequences (Here and Now)"
Health Canada, "Stop Smoking Before It Starts: An Information Kit for Community Organizations Working with Adolescent Girls: Health and Social Consequences" [online]
National Institutes of Health, PubMed Central, "Implicit Associations between Smoking and Social Consequences Among Smokers in Cessation Treatment" [online]
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