Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

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

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

Over two-thirds of people who try their first cigarette go on to become daily smokers, at least temporarily, a study suggests. They had initially accessed 2776 surverys globally and finally only 8 of these met their criteria and provided them with detailed and complete accessible data to analyze.

Of the responses, just over 60 percent had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, nearly 69 percent reported that they had gone on to become daily smokers. Thus this research should act as a warning for those who wish to experience smoking even once.

According to the lead researcher, Professor Peter Hajek, from the Queen Mary University of London, it is the first time a connection between trying the first cigarette and becoming a regular smoker has been established using such a large number of participants. He explained that the actual numbers may be bigger.

The different surveys used different methodologies and yielded different results, so the estimated 68.9 per cent "conversion rate" from experimentation to daily smoking has a margin of error (between 60.9 and 76.9 per cent). But they point out that the different surveys produced a range of results, so that figure is only an estimate.

An earlier study in 2007 had looked at 1246 sixth-grade students belonging to in six communities in MA.

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One comment in the news release that was equally striking concerning smoking addiction, is that when making a comparison with first-time vapers-e-cigarette smokers-that there may be more to smoking addiction than getting a nicotine fix. A U.S. Surgeon General report from 2010 also noted a single cigarette could cause immediate health problems and increase risk of heart attack.

"The UK is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking at the moment and this tallies with recent findings that only 19% of 11- to 15-year-olds have ever tried a cigarette, so the good news is that we are on the right track".

However, the study's authors said there were limitations to the research.

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. However, it is undisputable that young people should be discouraged to try their first cigarettes and warned about the harmful effects of even a single light.

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