Prof Hajek added that it doesn't seem to be the case that e-cigarettes are as addictive as conventional cigarettes. This does not take recall error and personal bias into account, as the study relies on people to provide information about their historical smoking habits.
The experts believed that the research might have been skewed because people who smoked were less likely to respond the surveys than those who didn't smoke.
"[This shows] prevention, providing [fewer] opportunities or reasons for young people to try a cigarette, is a good idea", said Peter Hajek, co-author of the research, from Queen Mary University of London.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow found that there is a strong correlation between experimenting with cigarettes and becoming a regular smoker rather than sticking to occasional smoking.
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Of those surveyed about 60 % had tried a cigarette, and of these nearly 60% said they had gone on to become daily smokers.
However, Professor Hajek but refutes a link between daily smoking and vaping. During the same period, 19.3% of 18-to-24-year-olds used to smoke compared to 25.8% in 2010. Individuals in the United Kingdom, for example, were particularly susceptible to becoming regular smokers after trying one cigarette, as more than 80 percent of respondents there who had smoked one cigarette reported taking up a daily habit.
In a city where, according to medical experts, every resident unwilling ends up smoking close to 45 cigarettes daily due to extremely high pollution levels in winter months, smokers are especially vulnerable to heart and lung-related diseases caused by consumption of tobacco products.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health, said that this means there should be tighter government regulations on tobacco sales.
"We recently launched a new tobacco control plan to map the path to a smoke-free generation and are working to educate people about the risks and support them to quit for good".