Just 'trying' out a cigarette can make you a daily smoker

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At least 61 per cent of people who try their first cigarette become, at least temporarily, daily smokers, suggests an analysis of survey data by Queen Mary University of London.

But unlike vaping, whose effects - both positive and negative - still need to be backed up by a lot of research, smoking tobacco cigarettes can lead to different health issues - like addiction, breathing problems, and cancer.

Researchers found that around 7 in 10 of those who said they'd ever tried a cigarette went on to smoke daily.

While cigarette smoking has been declining in the past few years, the FDA said the habit is still responsible for the leading causes of preventable death in the USA, which includes lung cancer and heart disease. This tendency of nature works as the starting point for many which slowly makes them habitual to smoking and at the point when the person gets realized that he is not able to leave without it, the situation became hard for him to quit this habit immediately.

After the research, the team compared data collected from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand and found that around 60.3 percent people had tried smoking at some point of their lifetime and around 68.9 per cent of people developed a daily habit of smoking. He also stated that this is the first time where the link between trying the first cigarette and becoming a regular smoker presented in a large data set.

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He said: It is striking that very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers, while such a large proportion of non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers. "The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story", Hajek said.

An estimated 2.9 million Britons used e-cigarettes in 2016.

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's limitations include the fact that surveys yielded somewhat different results, so the estimated conversion rate is only approximate.

"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.