Researchers found that 69% of people who dabble with just one experimental cigarette end up smoking every day, even if just temporarily.
After the research, the team compared data collected from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand and found that around 60.3 percent people had tried smoking at some point of their lifetime and around 68.9 per cent of people developed a daily habit of smoking.
Although it's unclear how long the smokers in the study took up the habit for, lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary University of London, said the new figures show how important it is to curb cigarette experimentation. The studies include three studies from the United Kingdom, three from the U.S., one from Australia and one from New Zealand.
Further, Hajek revealed that the United Kingdom witnessed a commendable reduction in smoking, and the recent findings confirm that.
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Most of the people who are now addicted to smoking are the ones who started off with "what harm could one cigarette do".
This is the first time a link between trying cigarettes and establishing a smoking habit has been demonstrated with such a large data set, Hajek added.
He added: '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.
"We want to celebrate the quit attempt itself because the evidence is clear, the more attempts you make to quit the more likely it is that you will succeed", says Zeller.
In 2016, 15.5% of the adults from the United Kingdom smoked, down from 19.9% in 2010, according to the office for National Statistics. An average of 60 percent of the more than 200,000 respondents had smoked a cigarette - and almost 69 percent of the nicotine-curious eventually formed a daily habit.
Around 2.9 million Britons were e-cigarette users in 2016.