The new research which has been published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research informed about a reason which can turn someone to be chain smokers. As per the new research, those who consume one cigarette daily can develop a habit of chain smokers, and it can happen with more than two-thirds of people who use one cigarette in a day.
After the research, the team compared data collected from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand and found that around 60.3 percent people had tried smoking at some point of their lifetime and around 68.9 per cent of people developed a daily habit of smoking.
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. The studies include three studies from the UK, three from the USA, one from Australia and one from New Zealand. The surveys included above 216,000 people. It shows around 50 to 82 percent people had gone for smoke on a daily basis or temporarily after trying a cigarette a day and when they combined the data, the percentage increased to 68.9%. Well, the study has a limitation. It is based on autonomous reporting information of people. So it is just an estimation, and also there is lack of accuracy of people’s recall of their smoking history in this study, the lead author informed.
Peter Hajek, co-author of the research, from the Queen Mary University of London said that this shows prevention, providing fewer opportunities or reasons for young people to try a cigarette, is a good idea. He also stated that this is the first time where the link between trying the first cigarette and becoming a regular smoker presented in a large data set.
In the UK, the ream recorded significant reduction in smoking. Only 19 per cent from age group 11 to 15 has ever tried a cigarette. It shows that the condition in the US is quite good.
In the year 2010, smoker’s percentage in the UK was 19. But, in 2016 it had gone down to 15.5 per cent which is around 7.6 million people. In case of 18 to 24 years age group, the percentage was 25.8 in 2010. In the year 2016m it was 19.3 per cent.
However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health stated that government now should come up with strict regulation om tobacco sales. But while on one side public and retailers are supporting the introduction of licensing for tobacco, on the other side the government refusing to introduce this. Looking into the current record, Britain has become one of the leading countries in tobacco control, Steve Brine, the Public health minister said.