Out Of 5 People Who Try Cigarettes Become 'Daily Smokers'

Two thirds of people who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers a new study has found

Two thirds of people who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers a new study has found

New analysis of survey data suggests that almost 61% of people who try their first cigarette become daily smokers, at least temporarily.

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

While smoking as a teen was once a rite of passage, researchers reveal the recent reduction in the number of smokers overall could be down to the fact teenagers are already "experimenting" with cigarettes less than they used to. Data were analysed to calculate the conversion rate from ever trying a cigarette to ever smoking daily.

This is the first time a link between trying cigarettes and establishing a smoking habit has been demonstrated with such a large data set, Hajek added.

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

Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, said the study highlighted the importance of preventing smoking in the first place.

"People need to be sensitised about the discomfort caused to others while they are smoking in public areas".

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In the same period, 19.3% of 18- to 24-year-olds were smokers, compared with 25.8% in 2010.

For example, among the eight surveys, each revealed different percentages for those who became daily smokers, ranging from 52 percent in the U.S.to 82 percent in the United Kingdom, meaning the two-thirds estimate was a weighted average, not a standard proportion.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, said that this means there should be tighter government regulations on tobacco sales. According to her, authorities are "refusing" to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers, although both "the public and retailers" actively support this strategy. "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." - the BBC reported.

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