Single cigarette leads to daily habit for two thirds who try it


The results of each survey were collated and used to calculate a conversion rate from ever trying a cigarette to ever smoking daily. Only a few number chose to stop and never do it again for a long time.

"We've found that the conversion rate from "first time smoker" to "daily smoker" is surprisingly high", he said.

The findings, which were published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, are striking.

The researchers from Queen Mary University of London found that roughly 61 percent of people develop a daily habit of smoking after trying their first cigarette.

The majority of adults kept smoking after their first cigarette.

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"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.

Peter Hajek, co-author of the research, from the Queen Mary University of London said that this shows prevention, providing fewer opportunities or reasons for young people to try a cigarette, is a good idea.

Researchers found that around 7 in 10 of those who said they'd ever tried a cigarette went on to smoke daily.

There is typically an air of optimism that comes with the start of the new year that inspires people to make changes in their lives. However, they didn't see anything to worry about.

Smoking cost the state almost $3 billion a year in medical costs. In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.

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Across the United Kingdom, more men are smokers than women, with 17.7% of men being current smokers compared to 14.1% of women. Fortunately, that number decreased six years later to 15.5 percent.

According to the World Health Organization study, 27.1 percent of Turkish people smoked cigarettes in 2015, compared to 31.2 percent in 2010.

However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, believes the government should make more stringent rules to regulate tobacco sales. According to her, authorities are "refusing" to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers, although both "the public and retailers" actively support this strategy. Police officers said that more challans had been issued for drinking publicly and that people were challaned for smoking only when caught red-handed.

However, the public health minister from the United Kingdom sees it differently. 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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