Single cigarette leads to daily habit for two thirds who try it

Single cigarette leads to daily habit for two thirds who try it

Smoking prevalence has fallen dramatically in recent years but nearly 8 million Britons still smoke. It's also possible that smokers in developed country - where cigarettes have an increasing stigma - would not be eager to speak about their smoking habits to surveyors. "Two-thirds of adult smokers started smoking for the first time when they were children".

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow found that there is a strong correlation between experimenting with cigarettes and becoming a regular smoker rather than sticking to occasional smoking.

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

"Tobacco use starts in childhood for two-thirds of smokers in the United Kingdom, and this study suggests that even trying a cigarette becomes regular use in most cases", she said.

Given the high conversion rate found in all existing surveys, the researchers suggest that at least some of the reduction in smoking prevalence observed over the past 20 years is likely due to reduced experimentation with cigarettes among adolescents.

"We've found that the conversion rate from first-time smoker to daily smoker is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place", he said.

However, they did point out questions can be raised over the recall accuracy people have in surveys concerning their smoking history, so more research may be needed in this area.

Lead researcher professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary University, said while figures are high, the United Kingdom is seeing a dramatic reduction in the number of people smoking.

Data was compiled from eight studies from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand to gather their results.

They found 60.3 per cent had tried a cigarette, of whom 68.9 per cent progressed to habitual smoking. And make no mistake, this is an addiction of childhood.

"We recently launched a new tobacco control plan to map the path to a smoke-free generation and are working to educate people about the risks and support them to quit for good".

But Professor Hajek, who has provided consultancy for and received research funding from makers of stop-smoking medications, said this instant addiction did not appear to apply to e-cigarettes.

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.

'The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story'.

An estimated 2.9 million Britons used e-cigarettes in 2016.

Related Articles

  • All iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by Intel flaw

    All iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by Intel flaw

    Apple said it now plans to release fixes for its Safari browser "over the coming days" to help defend against Spectre . Apple released mitigations for Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. watchOS did not require mitigation.
    Will be ready for Australian Open, says Rafael Nadal despite Kooyong defeat

    Will be ready for Australian Open, says Rafael Nadal despite Kooyong defeat

    He downplayed any concerns about his knee, saying, "If I'm not feeling good, probably I will not be here". In the short period open to media, Nadal worked extensively on his serve.
    99-year-old Vikings fan gets playoff tickets

    99-year-old Vikings fan gets playoff tickets

    Minnesota itself boasts the league's best defense - but an offense led by effective yet inexperienced quarterback Case Keenum . Check out our five biggest questions ahead of the biggest game in U.S.
  • Radian Group Inc. (RDN) EPS Estimated At $0.44

    Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co sold 179,379 shares as the company's stock declined 13.37% while stock markets rallied. On Monday, July 27 the stock rating was maintained by Wunderlich with "Buy". 10,900 were reported by Skba Capital Lc.

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price leaked, could be priced under Rs 7000

    The Redmi Note 5 could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. On the connectivity front, both the device supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS and dual-SIM support.

    Most Active Stock: Rite Aid Corporation (RAD)

    Analysts are also projecting an Average Revenue Estimate for Rite Aid Corporation as $6.33 Million in the Current Quarter. Chances are now good that Rite Aid will be a $22 billion business and one that is profitable, thanks to cost cuts.
  • Motorola announces keyboard and vital monitor Moto Mods

    Motorola announces keyboard and vital monitor Moto Mods

    This mod also comes with a finger-cuff which allows you to test for even more health related metrics such as blood pressure. The two new mods further expand the companies module phone system and provide new functionality for supported devices.
    Significant winter weather possible Friday and Saturday

    Significant winter weather possible Friday and Saturday

    A big drop in temperatures can be expected for the second half of the week, that comes along with snow and rain chances for some. Across the border in Quebec, Montreal will likely see light freezing rain on Wednesday before changing over to rain on Thursday.
    Trump Administration Removes Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan

    Trump Administration Removes Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan

    It wasn't clear Tuesday if the administration would make similar decisions for other coastal areas. Scott is expected to make a run for Senate this year , challenging Sen.
  • James Franco Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations, Says They're 'Not Accurate'

    James Franco Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations, Says They're 'Not Accurate'

    In the midst of the Golden Globes on Sunday, several women accused James Franco of sexual misconduct . Now the Times Talk has been cancelled- a mistake, I fear, because it sends a signal of guilt.
    JNU Scholar Missing, CCTV Shows Him Leaving Campus

    JNU Scholar Missing, CCTV Shows Him Leaving Campus

    Upon going through the CCTV footage of the campus, authorities found clips showing Jain leaving through Gate no. 4. Jain's family had approached JNU authorities after he failed to return home till late in the evening on Monday.
    USA  to sell missiles worth over $133 mn to Japan

    USA to sell missiles worth over $133 mn to Japan

    They are the successor to the SM-3 Block 1A missiles now mounted on Japanese Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyers. Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile.