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Most People Who Try Cigarettes Once Become Habitual Smokers

11 January 2018, 03:11 | Darrell Baldwin

Two thirds of people who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers a new study has found

Two thirds of people who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers a new study has found

The research team, led by Queen Mary University of London, says the "striking" figure illustrates the importance of dissuading adolescents from experimenting with tobacco.

They said that the study, published in the journal Nicotine And Tobacco Research, provides support for reducing cigarette experimentation among teenagers.

Research gathered from 215,000 survey participants in the U.S., U.K, Australia and New Zealand showed 60.3 percent of people had tried smoking cigarettes, and of those who tried it, an estimated 68.9 percent picked up a daily habit.

2016 National Health Service data found that 19 percent of 11- to 15-year-olds in England had ever smoked. "In the development of any addictive behavior, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need".

For example, among the eight surveys, each revealed different percentages for those who became daily smokers, ranging from 52 percent in the U.S.to 82 percent in the United Kingdom, meaning the two-thirds estimate was a weighted average, not a standard proportion.

A recent analysis of survey answers shows that more than two thirds of people from English speaking, developed countries went on to become daily smokers if they had ever tried a cigarette.

The researchers calculated that 60.3% of people across the surveys had tried smoking a cigarette at least once.

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 conversion rates (from one cigarette to daily smoking habit) varied quite substantially depending on the survey, the lowest being 50 percent (a United States survey) and the highest being 82 percent (a United Kingdom survey).

"Tobacco use starts in childhood for two-thirds of smokers in the United Kingdom, and this study suggests that even trying a cigarette becomes regular use in most cases", she added.

More than two-thirds of people who try cigarettes once become daily smokers, even if only for a short time, a new study suggests. "The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story".

The overall smoking rate for New Zealand adults over the same time period has dropped from 20 to 16 percent.

It is like getting influencing from those who had made cigarette smoking a habit for them. In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.



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