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

A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

They added that it showed the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience - and said the findings should be used to warn teenagers against experimenting with tobacco.

The study is published in the journal Nicotine And Tobacco Research.

The researchers found that more than half of the respondents (60%) had tried a cigarette and 69% of these people went on to smoking daily for some time. In the United Kingdom, only 19 percent of 11 to 15 years olds reported having tried a cigarette, according to 2016 National Health Service, and in the US, only eight percent of high school students reported having smoked in the past 30 days. "In the development of any addictive behavior, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need".

A recent analysis of survey answers shows that more than two thirds of people from English speaking, developed countries went on to become daily smokers if they had ever tried a cigarette.

They looked at eight surveys conducted after 2000, with questions regarding trying a cigarette and smoking daily.

The team calculated that 60.3 percent of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, an estimated 68.9 percent said they had progressed to daily smoking. This does not take recall error and personal bias into account, as the study relies on people to provide information about their historical smoking habits. 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.

Northern Ireland has the highest proportion of adults who smoke in the United Kingdom, it has been revealed.

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. Individuals in the United Kingdom, for example, were particularly susceptible to becoming regular smokers after trying one cigarette, as more than 80 percent of respondents there who had smoked one cigarette reported taking up a daily habit.

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

In 2016, 15.5% of the adults from the United Kingdom smoked, down from 19.9% in 2010, according to the office for National Statistics.

The overall smoking rate for New Zealand adults over the same time period has dropped from 20 to 16 percent.