Nearly 7 in 10 people (68.9%) who smoke their first cigarette become, at least temporarily, daily smokers, suggests a meta-analysis published by British researchers who reviewed the data of about 215,000 Anglo-Americans. Saxon.
Can the experience of a first cigarette lead to regular smoking? Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have been interested in the repercussions of this seemingly harmless gesture on cigarette addiction.
Analysis of smoking habits of over 200,000 people
They relied on 8 different studies from a literature of 2776 studies that collected data on the smoking habits of 216,314 British, Americans, Australians and New Zealanders.
According to the analysis of all the results published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research , 68.9% of respondents who said they had ever tried a cigarette (60.3%) switched to daily tobacco consumption. .
Results to weight
These figures, considered surprising by the researchers, are weighted according to a margin of error ranging from 60.9% to 76.9% due to the use of different methodologies of surveys submitted to the different populations.
The authors highlight the importance of prevention for adolescents to prevent them from starting to smoke, despite the decline in smoking among young Britons with 19% of 11-15 year olds who have ever smoked a cigarette .
According to the lead author of the study, Professor Peter Hajek, e-cigarettes are not as addictive as conventional cigarettes: ” It is striking to see that very few non-smokers who try electronic cigarettes become everyday vapers. Many of the non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers, and the presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole explanation . “