When a sentence starts with "Yet," should a comma follow it? For example:

It's never a good idea to drink and drive. Yet that’s exactly what many people do on holidays such as New Year's Eve.

Recycling is widely touted as one way to help save the planet. Yet in my opinion, not enough people recycle to make a real difference to the environment.
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Hi,
I don't see a reason for a comma to follow the 'Yet's in the two sentences.
I do not ordinarily put a comma after a conjunction just because it precedes an introductory element.
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I would agree. If the writer really wants the reader to pause, a comma could be inserted. That isn't, however, usually a very good reason for a comma.
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Hi guys,

It's never a good idea to drink and drive. Yet that’s exactly what many people do on holidays such as New Year's Eve.

Recycling is widely touted as one way to help save the planet. Yet in my opinion, not enough people recycle to make a real difference to the environment.

I'd write each of these two examples as one sentence, and punctuate in this way.

It's never a good idea to drink and drive, yet that’s exactly what many people do on holidays such as New Year's Eve.

Recycling is widely touted as one way to help save the planet yet, in my opinion, not enough people recycle to make a real difference to the environment.

Best wishes, Clive
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I agree with the majority. The comma is optional, but since I think the sentence reads better without it.
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