Single cigarette can lead to addiction

11 January, 2018, 06:16 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • A single cigarette can trigger smoking addiction, says study

A new survey on smoking found that around 60.3% of people tried smoking, and of those, 68.9% could not stop themselves from becoming a daily smoker, according to the BBC.

The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, compiled data from eight surveys carried out between 2000 and 2016 and recorded in the Global Health Data Exchange. It shows around 50 to 82 percent people had gone for smoke on a daily basis or temporarily after trying a cigarette a day and when they combined the data, the percentage increased to 68.9%.

Peter Hajek, one of the study's co-authors, conceded that respondents' fickle memories could play a role in the findings.

This research can be an important one in establishing the fact that development of addictive behaviour begins with one small step and thus there is a very high chance of developing addiction even among those who might be of the belief that they can resist the addiction and want to merely experience it once. The results of each survey were collated and used to calculate a conversion rate from ever trying a cigarette to ever smoking daily.

Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, said the study highlighted the importance of preventing smoking in the first place.

The Delhi Police are fining people found smoking in public places, during its four-day trial against smoking in public places, under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).

In the year 2010, smoker's percentage in the United Kingdom was 19.

Across the United Kingdom, more men are smokers than women - with men smoking an average of 12 cigarettes a day, one more than their female counterparts.

Likewise, 25.8 percent of young people between 18 and 24 years old smoked in 2010.

However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health stated that government now should come up with strict regulation om tobacco sales.

"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.

"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".



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