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Every Try Counts: FDA helping smokers kick cigarettes to the curb

11 January 2018, 06:15 | Lucy Hill

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More than 60% who try a cigarette become daily smokers study says

Around two-thirds of people who try their first cigarette go on to become daily smokers, at least temporarily. The data ranged from 2000 to 2016 and examined the smoking habits of adults in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

The study was based on the data collected from the Global Data Exchange which consisted data of eight surveys which has been conducted since 2000. 60 per cent of the youngsters revealed that they had tried a cigarette once in their lifetime, with almost 69 per cent admitted to having progressed to becoming addicts.

While cigarette smoking has been declining in the past few years, the FDA said the habit is still responsible for the leading causes of preventable death in the USA, which includes lung cancer and heart disease.

But unlike vaping, whose effects - both positive and negative - still need to be backed up by a lot of research, smoking tobacco cigarettes can lead to different health issues - like addiction, breathing problems, and cancer. Further analysis showed that, taken together, an estimated 68.9% of individuals smoked daily for a period after trying a cigarette.

This is the first time a link between trying cigarettes and establishing a smoking habit has been demonstrated with such a large data set, Hajek added.

The study was concentrated on revealing just how addictive smoking can be, and how it can turn into a habit even for those people who only smoke occasionally or just once.

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"It is possible that somebody who is a lifetime non-smoker did try a cigarette when they were a kid but it didn't make any impression on them, and they forgot it or don't see that it is important enough to report", Peter Hajek, professor of psychology and Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Marys, told the Guardian.

"Tobacco use starts in childhood for two-thirds of smokers in the United Kingdom, and this study suggests that even trying a cigarette becomes regular use in most cases", she added.

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).

Public health minister Steve Brine said: "Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and thanks to our tough action smoking rates in England are at an all-time low".

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