Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

They found 60.3 per cent had tried a cigarette, of whom 68.9 per cent progressed to habitual smoking.

The team analysed data from the United Kingdom, the US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

The, was based on 215,000 respondents to eight surveys between 2000 and 2016 contained in the Global Health Data Exchange.

At least 3 out of 5 people who try a cigarette become daily smokers, for some period of time, a new study has found. Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow found that there is a strong correlation between experimenting with cigarettes and becoming a regular smoker rather than sticking to occasional smoking.

Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, a psychologist at Queen Mary, said: 'This is the first time the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data.

"We've found that the conversion rate from "first-time smoker" to 'daily smoker" is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place. Among those, 68.9% said they had gone on to smoke every day.

But he said the United Kingdom was seeing a "dramatic reduction in smoking", with only 19 per cent of 11 to 15-yearolds having tried it. It was also shown that very few non-smokers who tried e-cigarettes became daily vapers.

In 2016, 15.5% of adults from the United Kingdom smoked - about 7.6 million people - according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 19.9% in 2010.

Just over 18% are smokers, compared to 15.5% in England, 16.9% in Wales and 17.7% in Scotland.

However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health stated that government now should come up with strict regulation om tobacco sales.

It is like getting influencing from those who had made cigarette smoking a habit for them.

While it is natural to see some variation between surveys, it is interesting to note that United Kingdom respondents were consistently more likely to say they developed a habit compared to those from the other three countries. This does not take recall error and personal bias into account, as the study relies on people to provide information about their historical smoking habits. The company is also planning to lend support to the anti-smoking efforts of local United Kingdom governments in areas where smoking rates have spiked up.

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