Study Reveals Surprising Consequences Of Trying A Single Cigarette

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Around two-thirds of people who try their first cigarette go on to become daily smokers, at least temporarily.

Peter Hajek, lead author from Queen Mary University of London, said that this is the first time a link has been established using such large data between first trying a cigarette and becoming a regular smoker. The research compiled data of 2,15,000 respondents who participated in eight surveys in US, UK, New Zealand and Australia.

It was shown that 60.3 percent of respondents had ever tried a cigarette, with an estimated 68.9 percent of these progressing to daily smoking. According to the researchers, one smoking experience is enough to leave a "remarkable hold" on the first timer.

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.

There is typically an air of optimism that comes with the start of the new year that inspires people to make changes in their lives.

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.

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According to the scientists, this study highlights how important is to prevent people from smoking the very first cigarette.

If you have a circle of friends and anyone around you who are daily smokers, then you might have thought to give it a try once for sure.

Smoking cost the state almost $3 billion a year in medical costs. However, he then proceeded "I think even if you assume there is a recall issue and other things, you are talking about more than a 50% [conversion rate from trying a cigarette to daily smoking]".

In 2016, 15.8% of British adults smoked which equates to around 7.6 million people.

According to the World Health Organization study, 27.1 percent of Turkish people smoked cigarettes in 2015, compared to 31.2 percent in 2010.

"The government is refusing to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers, even though there is strong support for this both from the public and retailers", she said. Looking into the current record, Britain has become one of the leading countries in tobacco control, Steve Brine, the Public health minister said.

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