Just 1 Cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

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%.

The study was based on the data collected from the Global Data Exchange which consisted data of eight surveys which has been conducted since 2000.

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

"We've found that the conversion rate from "first time smoker" to "daily smoker" is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place", said lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek from Queen Mary University.

Further, Hajek revealed that the United Kingdom witnessed a commendable reduction in smoking, and the recent findings confirm that. "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". "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".

In 2016, 15.5% of the adults from the United Kingdom smoked, down from 19.9% in 2010, according to the office for National Statistics.

While it is natural to see some variation between surveys, it is interesting to note that United Kingdom respondents were consistently more likely to say they developed a habit compared to those from the other three countries.

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, believes the government should make more stringent rules to regulate tobacco sales.

Taking just one drag of a cigarette is enough to get you hooked, a study has found.

The study was concentrated on revealing just how addictive smoking can be, and how it can turn into a habit even for those people who only smoke occasionally or just once.

As different surveys used different methodologies, the 68.9% "conversion rate" has a 16% margin of error (60.9% to 76.9%). 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.

Smoking rates in the United Kingdom have been in long-term decline.

  • Santos West