One cigarette can make two-thirds of adults addicts

Kristen Gonzales
January 11, 2018

Around two-thirds of people who try even just one cigarette end up smoking at least daily, analysis of smoking data from the UK, United States, Australia and New Zealand has found.

Peter Hajek, from the Queen Mary University of London, expressed that this research will make "young people" think twice after trying the first cigar.

However, they did point out questions can be raised over the recall accuracy people have in surveys concerning their smoking history, so more research may be needed in this area.

The team calculated that overall 60.3% of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette in their life, and among those, an estimated 68.9% said they had progressed to daily smoking.

While cigarette smoking has been declining in the past few years, the FDA said the habit is still responsible for the leading causes of preventable death in the US, which includes lung cancer and heart disease.

Prof Hajek added that it doesn't seem to be the case that e-cigarettes are as addictive as conventional cigarettes.

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Despite the fact that there have been studies claiming that Americans of all ages are starting to replace conventional cigarettes by vaporizers, a large number of people still prefer to smoke the first option.

The study is published in the journal Nicotine And Tobacco Research. Individuals in the United Kingdom, for example, were particularly susceptible to becoming regular smokers after trying one cigarette, as more than 80 percent of respondents there who had smoked one cigarette reported taking up a daily habit.

Across the United Kingdom, more men are smokers than women - with men smoking an average of 12 cigarettes a day, one more than their female counterparts.

Smoking cost the state almost $3 billion a year in medical costs.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 19.9 percent of British adults smoked ordinary cigarettes in 2010.

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. Looking into the current record, Britain has become one of the leading countries in tobacco control, Steve Brine, the Public health minister said.

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