Smoking can play an important, but subtle role in our relationships with others. A person may reach for a cigarette when laughing and socializing with other smokers or light a cigarette when alone after a disagreement with a loved one. Smoking can be an easy way to make acquaintances with others who have stepped outside to have a cigarette. The cigarette itself can feel like a 'best-friend'.
It can sometimes be hard to imagine being with people or being alone when considering a smoke-free future. But, in some ways smoking may really distract us from deeper relations with others. A preoccupation with cigarettes can keep us distracted and not able to fully enjoy the company of others especially non-smokers. And stopping smoking can provide an opportunity to connect with others in new meaningful ways.