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Out Of 5 People Who Try Cigarettes Become 'Daily Smokers'

Out Of 5 People Who Try Cigarettes Become 'Daily Smokers'

The study also revealed that two-thirds of people who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if temporarily.

The researchers analyzed eight surveys from the Global Health Data Exchange, which included questions on the first trial of a cigarette as well as daily smoking habits.

Most of the people who are now addicted to smoking are the ones who started off with "what harm could one cigarette do".

Of those surveyed about 60 % had tried a cigarette, and of these nearly 60% said they had gone on to become daily smokers.

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. The research selected asked respondents whether they'd ever tried a cigarette and ever smoked daily.

The results of the research that has been conducted by the researchers of the Queen Mary University of London, have been published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.




Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said the work highlights the importance of preventing experimentation in young people. But at the end, from those 216,000 individuals studied between 16 years, they estimated that number of people who took smoking as a daily habit was 68.9 percent.

"People need to be sensitised about the discomfort caused to others while they are smoking in public areas".

The study's limitations include the fact that surveys yielded somewhat different results, so the estimated conversion rate is only approximate. During the same period, 19.3% of 18-to-24-year-olds used to smoke compared to 25.8% in 2010. The team also found that the same does not apply to vapers, those who "smoke" electronic cigarettes.

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.

"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. At this public health minister Steve Brine says,"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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