Most daily smokers get hooked after first cigarette, study finds

A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

Three of the surveys were conducted in the U.S. between 2001 and 2013, another three in the United Kingdom between 2010 and 2014, one in Australia in 2013 and another in New Zealand in 2009.

Together, the surveys included more than 216,000 respondents, with between 50% and 82% saying that, after trying a cigarette, they had gone on to smoke on a daily basis - at least temporarily.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow found that there is a strong correlation between experimenting with cigarettes and becoming a regular smoker rather than sticking to occasional smoking. The author of the study says that they had noticed a "remarkable hold" which a cigarette could establish after a single experience.

"We've found that the conversion rate from "first time smoker" to "daily smoker" is surprisingly high", he said.

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"The UK is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking at the moment and this tallies with recent findings that only 19% of 11- to 15-year-olds have ever tried a cigarette, so the good news is that we are on the right track".

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In 2016, 15.8% of adults smoked - equivalent to around 7.6 million people.

In the year 2010, smoker's percentage in the United Kingdom was 19.

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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.

Nearly nine out of 10 cigarette smokers in the US first tried smoking before they were 18, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the different surveys used a range of methodologies, this estimated conversion rate was assigned a margin of error, meaning it could be as low as 60.9 percent and as high as 76.9 percent.

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

"Fortunately, in the United Kingdom, youth smoking rates continue to decline - but we shouldn't be complacent".

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The research team also noted that it's possible current smokers were less likely to take part in this survey than non or past smokers: A great part of the homeless population smokes and people with mental health problems, who are less likely to answer surveys.

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