Just 'trying' 1 cigarette? You could become daily smoker

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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 study included data from countries like the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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

At least 61 per cent of people who try their first cigarette become, at least temporarily, daily smokers, suggests an analysis of survey data by Queen Mary University of London.

Further, Hajek revealed that the United Kingdom witnessed a commendable reduction in smoking, and the recent findings confirm that.

"Very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers, while such a large proportion on non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers". To everyone's surprise, the company is running full-page advertisements in several United Kingdom newspapers, stating that it aims to stop selling cigarettes in Britain sometime in the future, notes CBSNews.

In 2016, 15.8% of adults smoked - equivalent to around 7.6 million people.

The study authors said that this means cigarettes have a "remarkable hold" even after just one experience, and added that this confirmed the importance of stopping people from experimenting with tobacco products.

In the same period, 19.3% of 18- to 24-year-olds were smokers, compared with 25.8% in 2010.

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".

It's not just the people in the United Kingdom who are taking a positive step towards leading a cigarette-free healthy life, but the name synonymous with tobacco since the 19 century - Phillip Morris - is also taking a step towards quitting selling cigarettes.

One was that the surveys had yielded different results for the proportions who had progressed to becoming daily smokers - from 52% in one in the USA to 82% in one in the United Kingdom - which meant the 68.9% figure was an estimate, as a weighted average of the figures. 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.

"Fortunately, in the United Kingdom, youth smoking rates continue to decline - but we shouldn't be complacent".

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