Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Researchers found that 69% of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker even if just temporarily

The team found that 60.3% of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, 68.9% said they had progressed to daily smoking. Three of the surveys were conducted in the U.S. between 2001 and 2013, another three in the United Kingdom between 2010 and 2014, one in Australia in 2013 and another in New Zealand in 2009.

The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, compiled data from eight surveys carried out between 2000 and 2016 and recorded in the Global Health Data Exchange.

At least 60% of people who try cigarettes once go on to become daily smokers, even if it's temporary, research suggests. According to the researchers, one smoking experience is enough to leave a "remarkable hold" on the first timer.

Considering the high conversion rate found across the surveys, the researchers conclude that at least some of the decline in smoking prevalence observed over the last 20 years could be attributed to a reduction in experimentation by adolescents. Among those, 68.9% said they had gone on to smoke every day.

'It is striking that very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers, while such a large proportion of non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers. "We recently launched a new tobacco control plan to map the path to a smoke-free generation and are working to educate people about the risks and support them to quit for good".


In the same period, 19.3% of 18- to 24-year-olds were smokers, compared with 25.8% 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. So it is just an estimation, and also there is lack of accuracy of people's recall of their smoking history in this study, the lead author informed. But while on one side public and retailers are supporting the introduction of licensing for tobacco, on the other side the government refusing to introduce this.

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).

Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said the work highlights the importance of preventing experimentation in young people.

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