Nearly 60% of People trying Cigarette for First Time turn into Regular Smokers

Nearly 60% of People trying Cigarette for First Time turn into Regular Smokers

Many people try cigarettes during teenage just as an experiment but a new study suggests that nearly 60 percent of those turn into regular smokers. Survey results were analyzed by a team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London. The study team noticed that 61 percent of first time smokers turn into regular smokers. The study team checked results of a survey involving 215,000 participants. Results of the study have been published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

As per survey data, only 19 percent of individuals between 11 and 15 years have tried smoking in the United Kingdom. The number of regular smokers has also declined in the recent years. Health authorities have been running wide-reaching campaigns against cigarette smoking. Some people have also shifted to electronic cigarettes in the recent years.

The data in current survey was collected from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. The results suggest that health authorities should try to stop youngsters from experimenting with cigarettes.

Talking about study results, lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek from Queen Mary said, "This is the first time that the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data.”

The study team further informed, “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. 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.”

Public health minister Steve Brine said, "Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and thanks to our tough action smoking rates in England are at an all-time low.”