Most People Who Try Cigarettes Once Become Habitual Smokers

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At least three out of five people who experiment with a cigarette end up becoming daily smokers at some point, a new study finds.

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

The, was based on 215,000 respondents to eight surveys between 2000 and 2016 contained in the Global Health Data Exchange.

"[This shows] prevention, providing [fewer] opportunities or reasons for young people to try a cigarette, is a good idea", said Peter Hajek, co-author of the research, from Queen Mary University of London. The studies include three studies from the United Kingdom, three from the US, one from Australia and one from New Zealand.

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.

Further, Hajek revealed that the United Kingdom witnessed a commendable reduction in smoking, and the recent findings confirm that. In the United Kingdom, only 19 percent of 11 to 15 years olds reported having tried a cigarette, according to 2016 National Health Service, and in the US, only eight percent of high school students reported having smoked in the past 30 days.

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The dramatic shift from one-time smoking to a daily habit added to the evidence of the dangers of cigarette addiction, and the researchers believe their information could help in creating guidelines to prevent teens from even trying out cigarettes for fun.

Studies show that most smokers want to quit, and FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller says that's the hinge of a new campaign.

"Very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers, while such a large proportion on non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers. The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story", Hajek said.

A new British study reveals that only one cigarette can turn a non-smoker into a daily smoker.

Almost three million are now using e-cigarettes in a bid to quit, according to the Office for National Statistics.

An estimated 2.9 million Britons used e-cigarettes in 2016.

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