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This is how quickly cigarettes can hook you

This is how quickly cigarettes can hook you

But, he added, "I think even if you assume there is a recall issue and other things, you are talking about more than a 50% [conversion rate from trying a cigarette to daily smoking]".

At least 60% of people who try cigarettes once go on to become daily smokers, even if it's temporary, research suggests.

They said that the study, published in the journal Nicotine And Tobacco Research, provides support for reducing cigarette experimentation among teenagers.

For example, among the eight surveys, each revealed different percentages for those who became daily smokers, ranging from 52 percent in the U.S.to 82 percent in the United Kingdom, meaning the two-thirds estimate was a weighted average, not a standard proportion.

The sample subjects of the research included people from four countries including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.

The study was based on the data collected from the Global Data Exchange which consisted data of eight surveys which has been conducted since 2000.

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2016 National Health Service data found that 19 percent of 11- to 15-year-olds in England had ever smoked.

"We've found that the conversion rate from "first time smoker" to "daily smoker" is surprisingly high", he said.

It was shown that 60.3 percent of respondents had ever tried a cigarette, with an estimated 68.9 percent of these progressing to daily smoking.

Prof Hajek says some of that could also be down to the introduction of e-cigarettes. 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". 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", Hajek said.

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 Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency told MPs: 'E-cigs will improve public health if they become a route out of smoking for large numbers of adult smokers, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers or generating new health risks.


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