Majority who experiment with cigarettes go on to become smokers, study finds

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A recent study into cigarette use suggests that the majority of people who try smoking could be hooked on tobacco after lighting up just one time.

The data of more than 215,000 people, analysed by Queen Mary University of London, found at least 60.9% of people who try smoking repeat the habit daily, at least temporarily.

Researchers found that just over 60% of adults said they had tried a cigarette at some point in their lives, with nearly 69% of those noting that they had, at least for a period, gone on to smoke cigarettes daily.

While it is natural to see some variation between surveys, it is interesting to note that United Kingdom respondents were consistently more likely to say they developed a habit compared to those from the other three countries.

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.

We know cigarettes are extremely addictive, but the science on how quickly nicotine can draw you in has been mixed. The results of each survey were collated and used to calculate a conversion rate from ever trying a cigarette to ever smoking daily.

Despite the fact that there have been studies claiming that Americans of all ages are starting to replace conventional cigarettes by vaporizers, a large number of people still prefer to smoke the first option.

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The findings, which were published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, are striking. 215000 people were included in 8 surveys that were done in 16 years.

In the year 2010, smoker's percentage in the United Kingdom was 19.

If you have a circle of friends and anyone around you who are daily smokers, then you might have thought to give it a try once for sure.

They revealed 17.7% of men are current smokers compared with 14.1% of women, with men smoking an average 12 cigarettes daily and women 11 per day.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 7.6 million British adults were smokers in 2016 - with Northern Ireland having the highest proportion of people with the habit.

For Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, the government can do much more than what's doing right now.

Steve Brine said that smoking in Britain is at an "all-time low".

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