Peer pressure 'the main reason to start smoking again'

14 March 2013

Peer pressure is forcing many people who quit smoking to take up the habit again, a new survey has found.

Research carried out by Co-operative Pharmacy revealed that 25 per cent of former smokers have been tempted to light up again because of the influence of friends and family.

In addition, peer pressure was the reason why most people started smoking in the first place, with 92 per cent saying they started while at school or university due to friends smoking.

During their attempts to quit, two-fifths of people noted that they avoided friends who smoked altogether so as to resist temptation.

Fiona Caplan-Dean, Clinical Services Manager at Co-operative Pharmacy, said the only way that some people can maintain their willpower and reduce the temptation to smoke is to avoid social situations.

She added: "Making the decision to stop smoking is not an easy step to take so having someone there for support can mean the difference between people staying motivated or failing at their first attempt."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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