While smoking as a teen was once a rite of passage, researchers reveal the recent reduction in the number of smokers overall could be down to the fact teenagers are already "experimenting" with cigarettes less than they used to. The study included data from countries like the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
In the study, over 60 per cent of adults said they had tried a cigarette once in their lifetime, with almost 69 per cent admitting to having progressed to becoming daily smokers.
The analysis was based on the answers of 215,000 respondents to eight surveys from 2000 to 2016 kept in the Global Health Data Exchange.
"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", study lead researcher Peter Hajek, said in a Wednesday press release.
However, Professor Hajek but refutes a link between daily smoking and vaping. In the United Kingdom, only 19 percent of 11 to 15 years olds reported having tried a cigarette, according to 2016 National Health Service, and in the USA, only eight percent of high school students reported having smoked in the past 30 days. In 2010 nearly 20% of people smoke in the United Kingdom, and in 2017 that number shrunk to 19.3%.
However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, believes the government should make more stringent rules to regulate 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.
"Young people are particularly price-sensitive, and so are most likely to respond to prices by quitting or not taking up smoking in the first place", he added.
To everyone's surprise, the company is running full-page advertisements in several United Kingdom newspapers, stating that it aims to stop selling cigarettes in Britain sometime in the future, notes CBSNews.
In a letter to the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Peter Nixon, managing director of PMI said, "We believe we have an important role to play in helping the United Kingdom become smoke-free". In the year 2016m it was 19.3 per cent.