Study Reveals Surprising Consequences Of Trying A Single Cigarette

A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

Just one cigarette can do the deed.

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

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

As different surveys were included and analyzed, with different methods and styles, the researchers note that the percentage of people who become regular smokers had confidence intervals between 60 percent and 76.9 percent.

'The UK is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking at the moment and this tallies with recent findings that only 19% of 11 to 15-year-olds have ever tried a cigarette, so the good news is that we are on the right track'.

This percentage was based on 215,000 respondents of eight surveys taken across the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia and compiled in the Global Health Data Exchange. An average of 60 percent of the more than 200,000 respondents had smoked a cigarette - and almost 69 percent of the nicotine-curious eventually formed a daily habit.

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

But Professor Hajek, who has provided consultancy for and received research funding from makers of stop-smoking medications, said this instant addiction did not appear to apply to e-cigarettes. "It is striking that 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". This tendency of nature works as the starting point for many which slowly makes them habitual to smoking and at the point when the person gets realized that he is not able to leave without it, the situation became hard for him to quit this habit immediately.

"It is possible that somebody who is a lifetime non-smoker did try a cigarette when they were a kid but it didn't make any impression on them, and they forgot it or don't see that it is important enough to report", Peter Hajek, professor of psychology and Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Marys, told the Guardian. "The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story".

In 2016, 15.5% of adults from the United Kingdom smoked - about 7.6 million people - according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 19.9% in 2010.

The overall smoking rate for New Zealand adults over the same time period has dropped from 20 to 16 percent.

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