One puff can get you hooked

A new study shows one try is all it takes for some people to become every day smokers. British researchers say more than 60-percent of people who take that first puff will go on to become daily smokers.

They looked through surveys of more than 215-thousand people- from teenagers on up - and found experimentation often leads to habitual smoking.

"It doesn't mean that these people are hooked for life, but they will progress to daily smoking for, at least, a period of time," says Peter Hajek, Lead Researcher, Queen Mary University

Despite declining smoking rates in the U.S.,  36.5  million adults are still regular cigarette smokers.

The study. published in the Journal "Nicotine and Tobacco Research," also looked at E-cigarettes.

Hajek says, "Almost no young people who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers. "They experiment, but they don't progress to smoking."

According to the CDC, more than 16-million Americans live with a disease caused by smoking, including cancer, heart problems, stroke, and diabetes.

A new study shows one try is all it takes for some people to become every day smokers.

British researchers say more than 60-percent of people who take that first puff will go on to become daily smokers.

They looked through surveys of more than 215-thousand people- from teenagers on up - and found experimentation often leads to habitual smoking.

"It doesn't mean that these people are hooked for life, but they will progress to daily smoking for, at least, a period of time," says Peter Hajek, Lead Researcher, Queen Mary University

Despite declining smoking rates in the U.S.,  36.5  million adults are still regular cigarette smokers.

The study - published in the Journal "Nicotine and Tobacco Research" -  also looked at E-cigarettes.

Hajek says, "Almost no young people who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers."They experiment, but they don't progress to smoking."

According to the CDC, more than 16-million Americans live with a disease caused by smoking, including cancer, heart problems, stroke, and diabetes.

 


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