Surveys of over 215,000 people from English-speaking countries wanted to know what kind of future a person’s first cigarette could lead to. Is that first cigarette harmless or does it lead down a path towards nicotine addiction? The survey discovered that a person’s first cigarette is more dangerous than they’d think: over 3 out of 5 participants that tried at least one cigarette became daily smokers.
The study summary did not go in to detail about what may have caused these people to become daily smokers. Most smokers start before the age of 18, which is a time when the brain is still developing and very vulnerable to influence. Did these experiments turn in to daily smoking because of their malleable adolescent brains? Or were there other circumstances that made them stick with it? Addiction is a complicated subject and this information should be investigated more deeply.