The team found that 60.3% of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, 68.9% said they had progressed to daily smoking. The studies include three studies from the United Kingdom, three from the US, one from Australia and one from New Zealand.
The surveys looked at asked more than 215,000 people about their smoking history, and found somewhere between 61 and 77 percent of people who try a cigarette go on to become regular smokers, at least temporarily. The author of the study says that they had noticed a "remarkable hold" which a cigarette could establish after a single experience.
This suggests that part of the reduction in smoking prevalence observed over the past 20 years is likely due to reduced experimentation with cigarettes among adolescents.
Further, Hajek revealed that the United Kingdom witnessed a commendable reduction in smoking, and the recent findings confirm that. In the United Kingdom, only 19 percent of 11 to 15 years olds reported having tried a cigarette, according to 2016 National Health Service, and in the USA, only eight percent of high school students reported having smoked in the past 30 days.
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.
In 2016, 15.8% of adults smoked - equivalent to around 7.6 million people.
In the same period, 19.3% of 18- to 24-year-olds were smokers, compared with 25.8% in 2010.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, said that this means there should be tighter government regulations on tobacco sales.
Just one puff of a cigarette can be enough to get you hooked, a new study has found. "Yet the Government is refusing to introduce licencing for tobacco retailers, even though there is strong support for this both from the public and retailers".
As different surveys used different methodologies, the 68.9% "conversion rate" has a 16% margin of error (60.9% to 76.9%). 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. But, he noted, the influence of e-cigarettes should also be explored, since the decline in smoking rates in England has accelerated since the devices came onto the market.