60 per cent of the youngsters revealed that they had tried a cigarette once in their lifetime, with almost 69 per cent admitted to having progressed to becoming addicts. Three of the surveys were conducted in the USA between 2001 and 2013, another three in the United Kingdom between 2010 and 2014, one in Australia in 2013 and another in New Zealand in 2009. 215000 people were included in 8 surveys that were done in 16 years.
Although it's unclear how long the smokers in the study took up the habit for, lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary University of London, said the new figures show how important it is to curb cigarette experimentation.
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.
However, Professor Hajek but refutes a link between daily smoking and vaping. "We recently launched a new tobacco control plan to map the path to a smoke-free generation and are working to educate people about the risks and support them to quit for good".
He added: '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. To everyone's surprise, the company is running full-page advertisements in several United Kingdom newspapers, stating that it aims to stop selling cigarettes in Britain sometime in the future, notes CBSNews. In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.
In the year 2010, smoker's percentage in the United Kingdom was 19.
Recent analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) on cigarette consumption in Turkey shows a slight decline in the last decade, despite $85 billion spent on the tobacco industry in the past 10 years.
One was that the surveys had yielded different results for the proportions who had progressed to becoming daily smokers - from 52% in one in the U.S. to 82% in one in the United Kingdom - which meant the 68.9% figure was an estimate, as a weighted average of the figures.
"The government is refusing to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers, even though there is strong support for this both from the public and retailers", she said. The company is also planning to lend support to the anti-smoking efforts of local United Kingdom governments in areas where smoking rates have spiked up.
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.