First Time Smokers Have A Higher Risk Of Becoming Addicted, Study Shows

Brandon Parsons
January 11, 2018

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

"[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.

The researchers analyzed eight surveys from the Global Health Data Exchange, which included questions on the first trial of a cigarette as well as daily smoking habits.

Studies show that most smokers want to quit, and FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller says that's the hinge of a new campaign.

Prof Hajek added that it doesn't seem to be the case that e-cigarettes are as addictive as conventional cigarettes. As this study released Monday and performed by worldwide researchers explained, the majority of them continued consuming tobacco right after they tried their first cigarette - even for a short period after.

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

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.

The study's limitations include the fact that surveys yielded somewhat different results, so the estimated conversion rate is only approximate. They only adverted that the results are limited because the individuals answered based on self-reported information.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 7.6 million British adults were smokers in 2016 - with Northern Ireland having the highest proportion of people with the habit. In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.

Across the United Kingdom, more men are smokers than women - with men smoking an average of 12 cigarettes a day, one more than their female counterparts.

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

For Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, the government can do much more than what's doing right now. She stated that the government is reluctant to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers even though both the public and retailers are in support of this, notes the BBC.

Steve Brine said that smoking in Britain is at an "all-time low".

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