Researchers Warn Trying One Cigarette May Lead To A Daily Habit

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“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."

A new study suggests three out of five people will develop the habit of smoking after trying a single cigarette. The authors from Queen Mary University of London call it “the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience.”

Even if, initially, the practice is merely an experiment and temporary, studies have shown that it becomes more frequent.

The study, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, has an analysis of the collected data from eight surveys with information on more than 215,000 people The investigation was carried out in U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It states the 60 percent who have tried smoking once, 69 percent have fallen ceaselessly into a daily smoking habit. The results are not the same for respondents experimenting with new e-cigarettes or vapes and showed that the experimentations are less like to become habitual in case of “vapers.”

 

Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek has given his statement on the research: “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. The UK is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking at the moment and these tallies with recent findings that only 19% of 11 to 15-year-olds have ever tried a cigarette, so the good news is that we are on the right track.”

“Concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this has not been the case,” Hajek added.

“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 presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story.”

The study also provides support for reducing cigarette experimentation among teenagers.

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