Smoke once & you're hooked, study confirms

Researchers found that 69% of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker even if just temporarily

Researchers found that 69% of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker even if just temporarily

Researchers found that 69% of people who dabble with just one experimental cigarette end up smoking every day, even if just temporarily.

Most of the people who are now addicted to smoking are the ones who started off with "what harm could one cigarette do".

It was shown that 60.3 percent of respondents had ever tried a cigarette, with an estimated 68.9 percent of these progressing to daily smoking.

While cigarette smoking has been declining in the past few years, the FDA said the habit is still responsible for the leading causes of preventable death in the USA, which includes lung cancer and heart disease.

We know cigarettes are extremely addictive, but the science on how quickly nicotine can draw you in has been mixed.

This is the first time a link between trying cigarettes and establishing a smoking habit has been demonstrated with such a large data set, Hajek added. A meta analysis of representative surveys., Nicotine & Tobacco Research (2017).

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Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said the work highlights the importance of preventing experimentation in young people. The surveys included above 216,000 people. It was also shown that very few non-smokers who tried e-cigarettes became daily vapers. Among them, almost 68.9% reported that they had progressed to smoking daily.

In 2016, 15.5% of the adults from the United Kingdom smoked, down from 19.9% in 2010, according to the office for National Statistics.

They revealed 17.7% of men are current smokers compared with 14.1% of women, with men smoking an average 12 cigarettes daily and women 11 per day.

According to the World Health Organization study, 27.1 percent of Turkish people smoked cigarettes in 2015, compared to 31.2 percent in 2010.

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. 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.

"We recently launched a new tobacco control plan to map the path to a smoke-free generation and are working to educate people about the risks and support them to quit for good".

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