"In the development of any addictive behaviour, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need," lead researcher Peter Hajek said in a statement.
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The analysts did note the surveys used varying methodologies and yielded different results. Therefore, the 68.9 percent 'conversion rate' from first puff to daily intake had a margin of error between 60.9 and 76.9 per cent.
Despite the margin of error, they believe their results support the need to continually launch tobacco control campaigns to stress the importance of cigarette experimentation.
“We've found that the conversion rate from 'first time smoker' to 'daily smoker' is surprisingly high,” Hajek said, “which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place.”
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