Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Single cigarette can lead to addiction

Single cigarette can lead to addiction

At least three out of five people who experiment with a cigarette end up becoming daily smokers at some point, a new study finds.

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 John Howarth
Professor John Howarth

Combined, the surveys (three from the United States, three from the United Kingdom, one from Australia, and one from New Zealand) included responses from more than 216,000 individuals who had been selected at random to provide a representative sample of the general adult population of the countries involved. They had initially accessed 2776 surverys globally and finally only 8 of these met their criteria and provided them with detailed and complete accessible data to analyze. It shows around 50 to 82 percent people had gone for smoke on a daily basis or temporarily after trying a cigarette a day and when they combined the data, the percentage increased to 68.9%. These eight surveys that they used were all involving English speaking populations and came between 2000 and 2016 from the developed nations. According to the researchers, one smoking experience is enough to leave a "remarkable hold" on the first timer. He explained that the actual numbers may be bigger. The range percentages of people who took up smoking after a single smoking experience was between 60.9 percent in one survey to up to 76.9 percent in another survey. The study author also tells that the figure of 68% is a rough estimate as numerous smokers are unable to recall that from where they had started actually.

An earlier study in 2007 had looked at 1246 sixth-grade students belonging to in six communities in MA.

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Trying just one cigarette could lead to a daily habit, according to survey analysis by Queen Mary University of London.

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

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According to the World Health Organization study, 27.1 percent of Turkish people smoked cigarettes in 2015, compared to 31.2 percent in 2010. This could be conflict of interest feel some experts.

Prof Hajek says it highlights the need to stop young people from having even a single puff.

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