There are many components to a successful attempt at quitting smoking cigarettes. Your own desire to be free of the nicotine demon is first and foremost; having a good method and applying it rigorously is also crucially important. An aspect that is often overlooked when quitting smoking is your social network. The social network, meaning friends, family and co-workers can play an integral part into your success at quitting smoking.
Your social network has an important job to play in your success at finally becoming a non-smoker, and its function is two-fold.
First and foremost, your social network is a circle of people who care about you, your well-being, financial and physical health, and so forth, so they will be there to support you when the going gets rough, if it ever does. You can call them at any time to tell them what’s on your mind, and they will be supportive. If you have a relapse, you’ll have someone to count on and support you in your continued efforts to become a non-smoker. Once you have told them of your quit date, you can count on them not to smoke in your face or place you in uncomfortable situations, as far as smoking goes.
The second aspect of the importance of your social network is peer pressure. Once you have told every one you know that you are quitting smoking tobacco on a certain date, there is a certain pressure on you to live up to your word. If you fail, you will not only fail yourself, which is bad enough, but you will also fail in the eyes of everyone you’ve told. Of course since they are your friends and family, they will not think any less of you for failing, but notwithstanding that, you will want to make sure to make them proud.