Majority who experiment with cigarettes go on to become smokers, study finds

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Two thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a study has found.

Research gathered from 215,000 survey participants in the U.S., U.K, Australia and New Zealand showed 60.3 percent of people had tried smoking cigarettes, and of those who tried it, an estimated 68.9 percent picked up a daily habit.

They collected data from eight surveys with information on more than 215,000 people.

Of those surveyed about 60 % had tried a cigarette, and of these nearly 60% said they had gone on to become daily smokers.

The authors said that the study, which has...

This research can be an important one in establishing the fact that development of addictive behaviour begins with one small step and thus there is a very high chance of developing addiction even among those who might be of the belief that they can resist the addiction and want to merely experience it once. 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. A meta analysis of representative surveys., Nicotine & Tobacco Research (2017). But at the end, from those 216,000 individuals studied between 16 years, they estimated that number of people who took smoking as a daily habit was 68.9 percent.

Vaping not as addictive stock
Image Vaping is not as addictive the authors found and people don't become daily vapers

There is typically an air of optimism that comes with the start of the new year that inspires people to make changes in their lives.

However, Professor Hajek but refutes a link between daily smoking and vaping.

In the year 2010, smoker's percentage in the United Kingdom was 19.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 19.9 percent of British adults smoked ordinary cigarettes in 2010.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, said that this means there should be tighter government regulations on tobacco sales. She stated that the government is reluctant to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers even though both the public and retailers are in support of this, notes the BBC. Looking into the current record, Britain has become one of the leading countries in tobacco control, Steve Brine, the Public health minister said.




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