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Impacts of smoking on social health

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Social health is about the way a person interacts with other people, contributes to and holds a conversation with people and maintains relationships with people in various situations/circumstances.

Smoking cigarettes can impact a person's social health in the following ways:

Poor personal hygiene

When a person smokes a cigarette, they may have bad breath and sometimes body odour and this could result in other people avoiding the smoker as they do not like the smell of them.

Social isolation

When a person smokes a cigarette, they usually have to go outside to smoke. This can make them feel socially isolated as they are spending periods of time on their own.

Economic costs

Smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit and it can put financial strain on a person and as a result they may not be able to attend social events and meet with people/friends/family.

Poor work relationships

When a person smokes a cigarette, work productivity may decrease as the person is taking breaks from work to smoke. This may lead to people in the workplace not wanting to work with the person as they worry that they may not meet targets and deadlines.

Poor sick record

Due to the effects of smoking on a person's health, they may take a lot of time off work. This would also mean they fall behind in their work and so people in work may not want to work with the person when they return to work.

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