Smoke once & you're hooked, study confirms

Francis Osborne
January 11, 2018

The analysis was based on the answers of 215,000 respondents to eight surveys from 2000 to 2016 kept in the Global Health Data Exchange.

The results of the research that has been conducted by the researchers of the Queen Mary University of London, have been published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

After the research, the team compared data collected from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand and found that around 60.3 percent people had tried smoking at some point of their lifetime and around 68.9 per cent of people developed a daily habit of smoking.

New analysis of survey data suggests that almost 61% of people who try their first cigarette become daily smokers, at least temporarily.

Study authors said the findings provide strong support for prioritising efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents.

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

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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.

Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said the work highlights the importance of preventing experimentation in young people.

The study was concentrated on revealing just how addictive smoking can be, and how it can turn into a habit even for those people who only smoke occasionally or just once. The surveys included above 216,000 people. Among them, almost 68.9% reported that they had progressed to smoking daily.

If you have a circle of friends and anyone around you who are daily smokers, then you might have thought to give it a try once for sure.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 19.9 percent of British adults smoked ordinary cigarettes in 2010. Police officers said that more challans had been issued for drinking publicly and that people were challaned for smoking only when caught red-handed.

Public health minister Steve Brine said: "Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and thanks to our tough action smoking rates in England are at an all-time low".

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