UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New research suggests smoking one cigarette could lead to a daily habit for most people
Researchers analyzed survey data involving over 215,000 people from the U.K., U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
Their findings, published recently in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, suggest a smoking addiction can develop for two-thirds of people who try a single cigarette.
A little over 60 percent of those surveyed said they’d tried smoking. Of those people, nearly 69 percent said they went on to become daily smokers, at least for a time.
Even accounting for errors among survey responses, researchers say over half of people who tried smoking went on to smoke daily.
One study author 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.”
Researchers said the report highlights the importance of stopping cigarette experimentation to begin with.