3 out of 5 who try a cigarette 'become smokers'

3 out of 5 who try a cigarette 'become smokers'

3 out of 5 who try a cigarette 'become smokers'

The study's authors said the research showed the "remarkable hold" cigarettes could establish after one experience.

The study is published in the journal Nicotine And Tobacco Research.

Combined, the surveys (three from the U.S., three from the United Kingdom, 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.

Based on survey results from 4 different countries - including the United Kingdom - the findings highlight how addictive tobacco cigarettes are, and the importance of ensuring that stop smoking services are made available to help people quit.

The researchers searched the Global Health Data Exchange for relevant surveys that included questions about ever trying a cigarette and ever smoking daily.

2016 National Health Service data found that 19 percent of 11- to 15-year-olds in England had ever smoked.

The researchers found that 60.3 percent of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, an estimated 68.9 percent said they had progressed to daily smoking.

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"We've found that the conversion rate from "first-time smoker" to 'daily smoker" is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place. 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.

Prof Hajek added: 'Concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this has not been the case.

"It is possible that somebody who is a lifetime non-smoker did try a cigarette when they were a kid but it didn't make any impression on them, and they forgot it or don't see that it is important enough to report", said Hajek. "The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story".

A recent study into cigarette use suggests that the majority of people who try smoking could be hooked on tobacco after lighting up just one time.

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. So it is just an estimation, and also there is lack of accuracy of people's recall of their smoking history in this study, the lead author informed.

Good news is in both the USA and England, the rate of first time smoking among young people is on a decline.

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