Thursday, 18 January, 2018

One smoke leads to daily habit for most

A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study Majority who experiment with cigarettes go on to become smokers, study finds
Jerome Frank | 11 January, 2018, 06:14

The study which comes forward most recently is based on the data collected from UK, US, Australia and New Zealand in which around 60.3% people had tried smoking from which 68.9% contributed to the number of daily smokers afterwards.

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.

After all the times that doctors have warned about the negative effects provoked by cigarettes, people keep smoking them often.

The team calculated that overall 60.3% of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette in their life, and among those, an estimated 68.9% said they had progressed to daily smoking.

While, concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this has not been the case, the study stated.

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

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary, said: "This is the first time that the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data".

Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, said the study highlighted the importance of preventing smoking in the first place.

Smoking cost the state almost $3 billion a year in medical costs.

The study's limitations include the fact that surveys yielded somewhat different results, so the estimated conversion rate is only approximate. In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%. It was also shown that very few non-smokers who tried e-cigarettes became daily vapers.

But, in 2016 it had gone down to 15.5 per cent which is around 7.6 million people.

The latest research, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, sought to identify the proportion of smokers' "conversion rate" - how many people start smoking daily after trying cigarettes once.

Likewise, 25.8 percent of young people between 18 and 24 years old smoked in 2010. According to her, authorities are "refusing" to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers, although both "the public and retailers" actively support this strategy.

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