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11

Feb

2019

Study Warns: Trying even a Single Cigarette Turns Most People Into Smokers

Do you remember your first cigarette? For most smokers, it was probably among their friends when they were teenagers or young adults. Resisting group pressure is not easy - especially as a young person. And even those who start smoking later in life were often only interested in trying out how a cigarette actually tastes.
The majority of smokers had probably not planned to continue smoking for the rest of their lives when they first smoked their first cigarette. However, in many cases that's exactly what happened. And now researchers finally have the first evidence of the addictive nature of that first smoke. According to the results of the study, a single cigarette is likely to turn a person into a smoker.
Today we take a closer look at the results of the study. We want to find out whether trying out a single cigarette is really that dangerous. What exactly was tested and what were the exact results? Read on to find out.
 

What was the study about?

The study was conducted by researchers from Queen Mary University of London to investigate the behaviour patterns of smokers. They analysed data from more than 8 individual studies in which a total of more than 215,000 people were surveyed. These included people from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
The focus of the study was on the consequences of experimenting with cigarettes. In other words, how likely was it that a person would later become a smoker after trying a single cigarette?
 

What were the findings?

Around 60% of the people surveyed reported that they smoked their first cigarette as a kind of experiment. Whether it was as a teenager in a circle of friends or while drinking alcohol at a party, the majority of respondents started smoking after simply wanting to try a single cigarette.
On top of that, 67% of the group said that they ended up smoking every day. And that their experiment had turned into a lifelong habit.  
The leading researcher of the study, Prof. Peter Hajek, said about the study that is the first time that the remarkable effects of trying a single cigarette was shown. The size of the study underlined its significance. He went on to state that the conversion rate from "first-time smokers" to "daily smokers" was surprisingly high and showed the importance of preventing experimental consumption of cigarettes.


Positive findings of the study

Fortunately, the study also had some positive findings. In recent years, there has been a dramatic reduction in the percentage of smokers among young people. In the United Kingdom, the percentage of 11- to 15-year-olds who have ever smoked a cigarette is only at 19%. This clearly demonstrates to the researchers that things are moving in the right direction.
The reason for the drastic reduction in the number of young smokers is, of course, the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes. Even though the technology has been available for some time now, the devices have only really become popular over the last few years.  
The reason for the drastic reduction in the number of young smokers is, of course, the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes. Even though the technology has been available for some time now, the devices have only really become popular over the last few years.
The biggest reason for this may be the fact that the health consequences of consuming electronic cigarettes are being researched more and more. Especially in the first years after the introduction of e-cigarettes, the devices had to struggle with a lot of distrust from people. Many people felt that they did not know how e-cigarettes would affect human health in the long run.
However, several studies have shown that e-cigarettes are not nearly as harmful as tobacco cigarettes. People seem to realize this because the number of steamers is constantly increasing.
Besides the researchers of the study had still another further realization to E-Zigaretten. Thus the study showed clearly that only very few nonsmokers, who try out a E-Zigarette, become daily users at the end. The situation is here thus completely different than with the smokers. This fact allows some interesting conclusions to be drawn.
The physical addiction to nicotine does not seem to be the main problem of the addiction to cigarettes. Instead, it looks as if smokers' behavior patterns are more crucial to how likely they are to develop an addiction later on. In addition, there is probably the cultural factor. Cigarettes are much more accepted in most countries than e-cigarettes. Thus there is not only a physical and mental component to the addiction to cigarettes, but also a cultural one. 

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