If you’re curious and you tasted it, even a single stick of cigarette can make the habit linger. This is exactly what researchers find in one study1.
Researchers find that two-thirds or 60% of people who try a single stick of cigarette become regular smokers. Their conclusion;
Over two-thirds of people who try one cigarette become, at least temporarily, daily smokers. The finding provides strong support for the current efforts to reduce cigarette experimentation among adolescents.
Not A Single Stick A Day is Safe
Over 60% of those who try one stick of cigarette becomes a smoker is shocking. Even for that person to become a habitual smoker and smoke a stick day, he is at risk.
When it comes to smoking, there is no safe limit. And, the habit could get into more sticks per day due to the effect of addiction of nicotine.
In the video presentation above, it is clear how cigarette smoking creates havoc to human health. Among the known major health issues due to cigarette smoking are cardiovascular diseases, which affects many areas of the body including sexual dysfunction.
Therefore, it’s imperative to avoid smoking at all costs. For non-smokers, never try it as even a single stick can hook you to habitual smoking habit.
The main addictive component in cigarettes is nicotine. And, here’s how it gets you hooked into a smoking habit in the long-term even for life.
Nicotine Is Not Addictive!
Well, this sounds very contrary to what we’ve just learned. But, yes, you’ve read it right. Nicotine when taken in small dosage is beneficial to the body especially the brain. However, excess nicotine can lead to addiction.
Instead, consult a specialist for that matter so you can be guided appropriately.
What About Vaping?
Vaping is the new buzzword for smokers who want to quit cigarette smoking. But is it safe?
Well, it’s not really. It may be less harmful but not totally safe.
Hence, if you’re planning on getting into vaping, make sure you’re using it as a quitting means and not a replacement for cigarette smoking.
If you haven’t started smoking or even vaping, never try either of it. Save your money for other more important things to spend with. Instead, aim at achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyle practices.
This is not the first study to find the potent power of a single cigarette that can convert a non-smoker to a smoker. One study4 published in Tobacco Control back in 2006 found that an effect of trying a single cigarette can lie dormant for years.
Probably, this is the biggest reason young children should not be allowed to try a cigarette.
This is the first clear demonstration of a “sleeper effect” or period of dormant vulnerability. Our findings have implications for understanding the development of cigarette use and for policies to reduce smoking in young people. Preventing children from trying even one cigarette may be important, and the design of interventions should recognize adolescents who have smoked just once, several years previously, as potentially vulnerable to later smoking uptake.
So, whenever you see a smoker, avoid it. If he smokes in a closed space along with you, ask nicely to refrain from smoking until in an open space where smoke can freely escape.