A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

11 January, 2018, 06:17 | Author: Clint Gray
  • More than 60 percent who try a cigarette become daily smokers study¬†says

At least 60% of people who try cigarettes once go on to become daily smokers, even if it's temporary, research suggests.

Researchers from Queen Mary University, London, analyzed the results of eight surveys on smoking habits in English-speaking countries and found that a single cigarette is enough to spark a daily smoking habit - at least temporarily - in 69 percent of people. The study included data from countries like the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

It was shown that 60.3 percent of respondents had ever tried a cigarette, with an estimated 68.9 percent of these progressing to daily smoking.

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

This research can be an important one in establishing the fact that development of addictive behaviour begins with one small step and thus there is a very high chance of developing addiction even among those who might be of the belief that they can resist the addiction and want to merely experience it once. He also stated that this is the first time where the link between trying the first cigarette and becoming a regular smoker presented in a large data set.

"People need to be sensitised about the discomfort caused to others while they are smoking in public areas". In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.

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"In places like Madison County, Indiana, where there are lots of smokers who go into gas stations and convenience stores every day to buy their cigarettes", says Zeller.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 19.9 percent of British adults smoked ordinary cigarettes in 2010.

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

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