Most daily smokers get hooked after first cigarette, study finds

Posted January 11, 2018

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

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

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

The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, compiled data from eight surveys carried out between 2000 and 2016 and recorded in the Global Health Data Exchange.

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The experts believed that the research might have been skewed because people who smoked were less likely to respond the surveys than those who didn't smoke. He also stated that this is the first time where the link between trying the first cigarette and becoming a regular smoker presented in a large data set.

Combined, the surveys (three from the United States, three from the UK, one from Australia, and one from New Zealand) included responses from more than 216,000 individuals who had been selected at random to provide a representative sample of the general adult population of the countries involved.

According to the scientists, this study highlights how important is to prevent people from smoking the very first cigarette. Of the 215,000 respondents, the team calculated that 60.3 percent said they had tried a cigarette - and an estimated 68.9 percent of those went on to develop a daily habit.

"People need to be sensitised about the discomfort caused to others while they are smoking in public areas". During the same period, 19.3% of 18-to-24-year-olds used to smoke compared to 25.8% in 2010.

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Across the United Kingdom, more men are smokers than women - with men smoking an average of 12 cigarettes a day, one more than their female counterparts.

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.

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.

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Steve Brine said that smoking in Britain is at an "all-time low".