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Sewa, Simran and Sangat are the three principles of life as per the Vedic literature. Even Adi Shankaracharya described Sangat as the main force for living a spiritual life.

Sangat is the company of people you live with. Living in the company of good people makes one good and the reverse is also true.

The same is now being proved in the allopathic context. A research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that when one person quits smoking, then others are likely to follow. When one person quits, it can cause a ripple effect, making others more likely to abandon the habit.

  1. If your spouse stops smoking, youre 67% less likely to continue smoking.
  2. If your friend stops smoking, its about 36% less likely for you to continue smoking.
  3. If a sibling quits cigarettes, your risk of smoking declines by 25%.
  4. Your risk of smoking comes down by 34% if a co-worker in a small office quits smoking. Its sort of like watching dominoes. If one falls, it makes others fall. 

People should be treated in groups, rather than as individuals. Friends and family must also be involved. If you want to quit, try to get close friends and family to quit as well.

Quitting smoking may have the additional benefit of improving social well-being, just as it improves physical health.

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