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Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a new study has found. It has been proven that the rate of becoming a smoker after experiencing smoking for the first time is higher than expected.

Combined, the surveys (three from the United States, three from the United Kingdom, 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.

Researchers searched global databases for studies examining cigarette experimentation and smoking habits, including research from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The studies include three studies from the United Kingdom, three from the US, one from Australia and one from New Zealand.

The team calculated that 60.3 per cent of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, an estimated 68.9 per cent said they had progressed to daily smoking.

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). However, as Hajek pointed out, the situation might just be temporary, meaning that there's a chance you might "outgrow" daily smoking.

A meta analysis of representative surveys., Nicotine & Tobacco Research (2017).

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To everyone's surprise, the company is running full-page advertisements in several United Kingdom newspapers, stating that it aims to stop selling cigarettes in Britain sometime in the future, notes CBSNews.

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 majority of people who try a cigarette go on to become regular smokers for at least some period of time, according to new research."

"The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story".

Considering the high conversion rate found across the surveys, the researchers conclude that at least some of the decline in smoking prevalence observed over the last 20 years could be attributed to a reduction in experimentation by adolescents.

Around 2.9 million Britons were e-cigarette users in 2016.

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