According to a new study, two-thirds of people who smoke for the first time then become regular smokers.
A meta-analysis of 8 studies published between 2000 and 2016 in Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and covering more than 215 000 people shows that over 68,9% of people who have tasted the cigarette then become regular smokers.
According to Pr Peter Hajek, Queen Mary University of London (UK), lead author of this meta-analysis published in the journal Resarch and Tobacco Control, is the first time a study of this magnitude is the link between the first cigarette and regular smoking. « We were surprised by the magnitude of the conversion rate, which highlights the importance of youth smoking prevention campaigns.« he explains to the BBC.
The authors of the study recognize some limitations, namely that their results are based on self-reporting by respondents, which means that the resulting figures are only an estimate. « It is possible that a non-smoker for life tried a cigarette when he was a child but that did not impress him, and he does not consider the experience as important enough to report it.« .
They also believe that the influence of the e-cigarette will have to be explored because many recent studies show that the electronic cigarette is a gateway toentry to smoking for many young people.
source : Topsante.com/