1 cigarette is all it takes to get you addicted to smoking

1 cigarette is all it takes to get you addicted to smoking

"In the development of any addictive behaviour, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need".

Together, the surveys included more than 216,000 respondents, with between 50% and 82% saying that, after trying a cigarette, they had gone on to smoke on a daily basis - at least temporarily.

Research paper: "What proportion of people who try one cigarette become daily smokers?" But a recent study has revealed that smoking even one cigarette for the first time can make more than two-thirds of people addicts.

Many people try cigarettes during teenage just as an experiment but a new study suggests that almost 60 percent of those turn into regular smokers.

The team analysed data from the United Kingdom, the US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Of the responses, just over 60 percent had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, nearly 69 percent reported that they had gone on to become daily smokers.

The different surveys used different methodologies and yielded different results, so the estimated 68.9 per cent "conversion rate" from experimentation to daily smoking has a margin of error (between 60.9 and 76.9 per cent).

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The study's authors, from Queen Mary University of London, looked at eight surveys that had gathered information on 215,000 people from around the world.

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.

He said: It is striking that very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers, while such a large proportion of non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers.

The findings, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, provides strong support for prioritising efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents.

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

New study points out that the difference between a non-smoker and daily smoker is one cigarette.

The research team also noted that it's possible current smokers were less likely to take part in this survey than non or past smokers: A great part of the homeless population smokes and people with mental health problems, who are less likely to answer surveys.

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