Just 'trying' out a cigarette can make you a daily smoker

A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

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.

Although it's unclear how long the smokers in the study took up the habit for, lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary University of London, said the new figures show how important it is to curb cigarette experimentation. The study included data from countries like the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

While it is natural to see some variation between surveys, it is interesting to note that United Kingdom respondents were consistently more likely to say they developed a habit compared to those from the other three countries. The team found that 60.3 per cent of respondents had tried a cigarette, and among those, 69 per cent said that they had progressed to daily smoking.

"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 said.

It is no secret that cigarettes are highly addictive. The results of each survey were collated and used to calculate a conversion rate from ever trying a cigarette to ever smoking daily.

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

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.

The Delhi Police are fining people found smoking in public places, during its four-day trial against smoking in public places, under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.

But, in 2016 it had gone down to 15.5 per cent which is around 7.6 million people.

They revealed 17.7% of men are current smokers compared with 14.1% of women, with men smoking an average 12 cigarettes daily and women 11 per day. But while on one side public and retailers are supporting the introduction of licensing for tobacco, on the other side the government refusing to introduce this.

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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