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"This study suggests that even trying a cigarette becomes regular use in most cases".

The finding from over 215,000 survey respondents provides strong support for prioritising efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents, researchers said.

"We've found that the conversion rate from the first-time smoker to the daily smoker is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place", lead researcher Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London told BBC.

The conversion rates (from one cigarette to daily smoking habit) varied quite substantially depending on the survey, the lowest being 50 percent (a United States survey) and the highest being 82 percent (a UK survey).

The team of researchers collected data from 216314 individuals in the eight surveys through the Global Health Data Exchange.

It was shown that 60.3 percent of respondents had ever tried a cigarette, with an estimated 68.9 percent of these progressing to daily smoking. However, they didn't see anything to worry about.

Young people in the United Kingdom are decreasing from the 2010 to the 2016.

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According to the Office for National Statistics, 7.6 million British adults were smokers in 2016 - with Northern Ireland having the highest proportion of people with the habit.

In the same period, 19.3% of 18- to 24-year-olds were smokers, compared with 25.8% in 2010.

Biswal said that the drive was announced after public health activists had pointed it out to the senior police officers that while there was a law - Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA) - which made public smoking punishable with fine, the enforcement was not satisfactory.

However, the public health minister from the United Kingdom sees it differently.

Public health minister Steve Brine said: "Britain is a world leader in tobacco control, and thanks to our tough action smoking rates in England are at an all-time low".

There is still good news that shows a reduction of smoking in the last few years for people who live in the UK. Commenting on the matter, an official said that around 95 percent of the challans have been issued to those found smoking at public places.


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