Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Most daily smokers get hooked after first cigarette, study finds

Most daily smokers get hooked after first cigarette, study finds

Researchers found that just over 60% of adults said they had tried a cigarette at some point in their lives, with nearly 69% of those noting that they had, at least for a period, gone on to smoke cigarettes daily.

Most of the people who are now addicted to smoking are the ones who started off with "what harm could one cigarette do". An average of 60 percent of the more than 200,000 respondents had smoked a cigarette - and almost 69 percent of the nicotine-curious eventually formed a daily habit.

Study authors said the findings provide strong support for prioritising efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents. Further analysis showed that, taken together, an estimated 68.9% of individuals smoked daily for a period after trying a cigarette. He also stated that this is the first time where the link between trying the first cigarette and becoming a regular smoker presented in a large data set.

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The results published in the Oxford University Press peer-reviewed journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research suggested that more than a half of adults, English-speakers living in developed countries between 2000 and 2016 tried at least one cigarette, but less than a half of those decided not to keep doing it.

Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, said the study highlighted the importance of preventing smoking in the first place. 215000 people were included in 8 surveys that were done in 16 years.

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

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In 2016, 15.5% of adults from the United Kingdom smoked - about 7.6 million people - according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 19.9% in 2010.

Young people in the United Kingdom are decreasing from the 2010 to the 2016.

They revealed 17.7% of men are current smokers compared with 14.1% of women, with men smoking an average 12 cigarettes daily and women 11 per day. Police officers said that more challans had been issued for drinking publicly and that people were challaned for smoking only when caught red-handed.

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"Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and thanks to our tough action smoking rates in England are at an all-time low", Steve Brine said.

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