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We recently came across a news article on CTV news in regards to how smokers who quit induce others to do the same. We believe it was taken from the enclosed article.

What this can do is work like a magnet and eventually increase the number of people that quit together, therby supporting each other.

This means your employees, their spouses and children, relatives and friends. So what is happinging is that the circle of support for each other grows wider and if anyone has a problem they can look to the others for support and motivation.

These others who are not direct employees can either be done at the business or nearby hotel or other suitable location. Coordinating it is very simple.

We think that you will find this article very interesting.


The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - The urge to smoke is contagious, but quitting apparently is, too.

A team of researchers who showed that obesity can spread person-to-person has found a similar pattern with smoking cessation: A smoter is more likely to kick the habit if a spouse, friend, co-worker or sibling did.

What's more, smokers tend to quit in groups and those who don't stop puffing increasingly find themselves pushed to the edge of their social circles, the researchers found.

"Your smoking behaviour depends upon not just the smoking behaviour of the people you know, but also the people who they know" and so on, said Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a medical sociologist at Harward Medical School and lead auther of the new report.

The findings back up previous studies showing that peer influence plays a key rold in people's decision to stop lighting up and provide evidence that the "buddy system" used by smoking cessation, weight loss and alcoholism programs to change addictive behaviour works.

"Anecdotally, we hear people say they quit smoking because their spouse or friend quit." said Jennifer Unger, a smoking prevention expert at the University of Southern California who had no role in the study. "If you influence a few people, those people might go on to help others to quit."

Last year, Christakis and his colleague James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, published a study suggesting that obesity can spread among friends, much like an infectious disease. The duo mined data from a large social network of people who had been followed for three decades and found that when one person gained weight, close friends tended to pack on the pounds, too.

Their latest study, which appears in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine and is funded by the National Institute on Aging, focused on people's smoking habits in the same social network.

The researchers examined the social lives of 12, 067 people in the Framingham Heart Study, which has been tracking the health of residents of that Boston suburb from 1971 to 2003. They were able to reconstruct people's ties to one another since participants had to list contact information for their family, friends, co-workers and neighbours so researchers would not lose track of them over the years. The prevalence of smokers in the Framingham study over the years mirrored national trends.

Not surprisingly, the greatest influence was seen in close relationships. When a spouse stops smoking, the other partner is 67 per cent less likely to smoke. Similarly, when a friend quits, the odds of the other continuing drops by 36 per cent. The odds are similar among co-workers and siblings.

People who were connected to others by up to three degrees of separation were also influenced. If one person quits, the odds of a person two degrees apart stopping is 29 per sent. In a three-degree separation, the chances are 11 per cent.

"One person in the group gets the motivation to quit and it starts to cascade and ripple through the group," said Fowler.

Jill Palmer, 28, was a one-pack-a-day smoker until she checked into a cessation program last year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she works. She took nicotine gum and worked with a counsellor to set a "quit date."

Several days after Palmer went smoke-free, her husband threw away his last pack.

"It was spurred by my timing. He didn't want to be a smoker anymore," said Palmer, who credits her non-smoking co-workers with persuading her to enroll in the cessation program.

The researchers also found, by analyzing random samples of smoking clusters, that whole groups became non-smokers over time. People who remained smokers found themselves moving to the fringe of their social circles.


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