One cigarette can make two-thirds of adults addicts

One cigarette can make two-thirds of adults addicts

More than two-thirds of people who try tobacco for the first time go on to become daily smokers.

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

"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", said Peter Hajek, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, who led the research. The total amount of respondents was of 216,314.

Trends in the United States have shown decline, with 8% of high school students reporting in 2016 that they had smoked cigarettes in the previous 30 days - down from nearly 16% in 2011.

The team found that 60.3% of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, 68.9% said they had progressed to daily smoking.

They say that as the surveys used different methods, there was quite a wide margin of error and the "conversion" rate could be anywhere between 60.9% and 76.9%.

Research gathered from 215,000 survey participants in the U.S., U.K, Australia and New Zealand showed 60.3 percent of people had tried smoking cigarettes, and of those who tried it, an estimated 68.9 percent picked up a daily habit.


There was also a large discrepancy in results between the surveys, with the conversion rate from trying cigarettes to daily smoker ranging from 50% in one of the United States surveys to 82% in one of the UK surveys.

St. Vincent Health's cessation program focuses on the provider and Kelly Peisker says they urge them to ask smokers about quitting more often.

However, the study's authors said there were limitations to the research.

TWO in three kids get hooked on smoking from their first cigarette, a shocking study reveals.

"Alcohol can only be sold by licensed shops, while anyone can sell cigarettes, which are far more addictive and lethal".

"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.

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

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