Study reveals surprising consequences of trying a single cigarette

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A recent study into cigarette use suggests that the majority of people who try smoking could be hooked on tobacco after lighting up just one time.

Researchers from Queen Mary University, London, analyzed the results of eight surveys on smoking habits in English-speaking countries and found that a single cigarette is enough to spark a daily smoking habit – at least temporarily – in 69 percent of people. The results were published in the journal Nicotine and Research late last year.

Combined, the surveys (three from the US, three from the UK, one from Australia, and one from New Zealand) included responses from more than 216,000 individuals who had been selected at random to provide a representative sample of the general adult population of the countries involved.

On average, 60 percent of respondents admitted to having tried a cigarette.

The conversion rates (from one cigarette to daily smoking habit) varied quite substantially depending…

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