Smoking Has Been Found To Be More Addictive Than Vaping
Three out of every five people who try their first cigarette will go on to develop a daily habit, as suggested by a new study.
“This is the first time that the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data.”.
Databases were sourced by researchers from the Queen Mary University of London for studies examining cigarette use and smoking habits from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with information on more than 215,000 people.
The researchers found that 60.3 percent of respondents had said they had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, 68.9 percent said they had progressed to daily smoking.
On the flip side of this, new e-cigarette users who experiment for the first time are less likely to become regular vapers.
Professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary, stated:
“We’ve found that the conversion rate from ‘first-time smoker’ to ‘daily smoker’ is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place.”
“The UK is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking at the moment and this tallies with recent findings that only 19% of 11 to 15-year-olds have ever tried a cigarette, so the good news is that we are on the right track.”
Prof Hajek then added:
“Concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this has not been the case. It is striking that very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers, while such a large proportion of non-smokers who try conventional cigarettes become daily smokers. The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story.”