New study shows most people who try cigarettes become regular smokers


Tobacco companies know it, and now it's been proven - it's incredibly easy to get addicted to smoking.

The findings, which were based on responses from over 215,000 survey respondents, provide strong support for prioritizing efforts to decrease cigarette experimentation among adolescents.

Around two-thirds of people who try their first cigarette go on to become daily smokers, at least temporarily. The author of the study says that they had noticed a "remarkable hold" which a cigarette could establish after a single experience.

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.

A new survey on smoking found that around 60.3% of people tried smoking, and of those, 68.9% could not stop themselves from becoming a daily smoker, according to the BBC.

Researchers found that just over 60% of adults said they had tried a cigarette at some point in their lives, with nearly 69% of those noting that they had, at least for a period, gone on to smoke cigarettes daily. In the United Kingdom, only 19 percent of 11 to 15 years olds reported having tried a cigarette, according to 2016 National Health Service, and in the USA, only eight percent of high school students reported having smoked in the past 30 days.

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Considering the high conversion rate found across the surveys, the researchers conclude that at least some of the decline in smoking prevalence observed over the last 20 years could be attributed to a reduction in experimentation by adolescents.

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).

Prof Hajek added that it doesn't seem to be the case that e-cigarettes are as addictive as conventional cigarettes.

Making smoking a habit doesn't take very long, the study has said. "The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story", Hajek said.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency told MPs: 'E-cigs will improve public health if they become a route out of smoking for large numbers of adult smokers, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers or generating new health risks.

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.