Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Most People Who Try Cigarettes Once Become Habitual Smokers

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Carol Daniels | 11 January, 2018, 06:18

At least three out of five people who start smoking go on to become daily smokers, a pioneering study has found. The data ranged from 2000 to 2016 and examined the smoking habits of adults in the USA, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

The analysis was based on the answers of 215,000 respondents to eight surveys from 2000 to 2016 kept in the Global Health Data Exchange.

Of the respondents, 60.3% said they had tried a cigarette, with 68.9% of those admitting they had progressed to daily smoking. As the co-leader of the research said, this is the first time that experts document the "remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish" after a single experience using such a large set of data.

The results of the research that has been conducted by the researchers of the Queen Mary University of London, have been published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

The study was concentrated on revealing just how addictive smoking can be, and how it can turn into a habit even for those people who only smoke occasionally or just once.

"People need to be sensitised about the discomfort caused to others while they are smoking in public areas". The surveys included above 216,000 people.

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

"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.

"Tobacco use starts in childhood for two-thirds of smokers in the United Kingdom, and this study suggests that even trying a cigarette becomes regular use in most cases", she added.

But, in 2016 it had gone down to 15.5 per cent which is around 7.6 million people.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, called for the greater government regulation of tobacco sales. According to her, authorities are "refusing" to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers, although both "the public and retailers" actively support this strategy. Looking into the current record, Britain has become one of the leading countries in tobacco control, Steve Brine, the Public health minister said.

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