This is how quickly cigarettes can hook you

This is how quickly cigarettes can hook you

The researchers calculated that 60.3% of people across the surveys had tried smoking a cigarette at least once. Three of the surveys were conducted in the U.S. between 2001 and 2013, another three in the United Kingdom between 2010 and 2014, one in Australia in 2013 and another in New Zealand in 2009.

The, was based on 215,000 respondents to eight surveys between 2000 and 2016 contained in the Global Health Data Exchange.

"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.

"It is possible that somebody who is a lifetime non-smoker did try a cigarette when they were a kid but it didn't make any impression on them, and they forgot it or don't see that it is important enough to report", Peter Hajek, professor of psychology and Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Marys, told the Guardian.

However, Professor Hajek but refutes a link between daily smoking and vaping. Only 19 per cent from age group 11 to 15 has ever tried a cigarette.

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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.

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

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.

Given the high conversion rate found in 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. So it is just an estimation, and also there is lack of accuracy of people's recall of their smoking history in this study, the lead author informed.

While it is natural to see some variation between surveys, it is interesting to note that United Kingdom respondents were consistently more likely to say they developed a habit compared to those from the other three countries. But while on one side public and retailers are supporting the introduction of licensing for tobacco, on the other side the government refusing to introduce this. The company is also planning to lend support to the anti-smoking efforts of local United Kingdom governments in areas where smoking rates have spiked up.

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