Researchers found that 69% of people who dabble with just one experimental cigarette end up smoking every day, even if just temporarily.
This is according to a new analysis of survey data from Queen Mary University of London, which looked at responses from more than 215,000 participants in the Global Health Data Exchange to find out how many of those who tried a cigarette went on to smoke daily. This does not take recall error and personal bias into account, as the study relies on people to provide information about their historical smoking habits.
Researchers found that around 7 in 10 of those who said they'd ever tried a cigarette went on to smoke daily.
"This study suggests that even trying a cigarette becomes regular use in most cases".
While smoking as a teen was once a rite of passage, researchers reveal the recent reduction in the number of smokers overall could be down to the fact teenagers are already "experimenting" with cigarettes less than they used to.
Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, said the study highlighted the importance of preventing smoking in the first place.
It is like getting influencing from those who had made cigarette smoking a habit for them.
In the year 2010, smoker's percentage in the United Kingdom was 19. Individuals in the United Kingdom, for example, were particularly susceptible to becoming regular smokers after trying one cigarette, as more than 80 percent of respondents there who had smoked one cigarette reported taking up a daily habit.
In 2016, 15.5% of adults from the United Kingdom smoked - about 7.6 million people - according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 19.9% in 2010.
Likewise, 25.8 percent of young people between 18 and 24 years old smoked in 2010. Police officers said that more challans had been issued for drinking publicly and that people were challaned for smoking only when caught red-handed. At this public health minister Steve Brine says,"Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and thanks to our tough action smoking rates in England are at an all-time low".