New study shows most people who try cigarettes become regular smokers

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

At least three out of five people who start smoking go on to become daily smokers, a pioneering study has found.

We know cigarettes are extremely addictive, but the science on how quickly nicotine can draw you in has been mixed.

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

The authors of the study said the research pointed to the "remarkable hold" cigarettes can have on their users from the first try.

"[This shows] prevention, providing [fewer] opportunities or reasons for young people to try a cigarette, is a good idea", said Peter Hajek, co-author of the research, from Queen Mary University of London. As this study released Monday and performed by global researchers explained, the majority of them continued consuming tobacco right after they tried their first cigarette - even for a short period after.

"In the development of any addictive behavior, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need".

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow found that there is a strong correlation between experimenting with cigarettes and becoming a regular smoker rather than sticking to occasional smoking. Since the different surveys used a range of methodologies, this estimated conversion rate was assigned a margin of error, meaning it could be as low as 60.9 percent and as high as 76.9 percent.




Around 2.9 million Britons were e-cigarette users in 2016.

They collected data from eight surveys with information on more than 215,000 people.

There is still good news that shows a reduction of smoking in the last few years for people who live in the UK.

"We want to celebrate the quit attempt itself because the evidence is clear, the more attempts you make to quit the more likely it is that you will succeed", says Zeller.

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

The study's limitations include the fact that surveys yielded somewhat different results, so the estimated conversion rate is only approximate.

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