Why is it difficult for those who smoke cigarettes from an early age to quit? Revealed in the study

In many countries the legal age to buy tobacco is 18 while in some countries there is no age restriction. Researchers have urged governments to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to 22 years or more as a new study finds addiction becomes less frequent and easier to quit as people get older. is.

Nearly 9 out of 10 adults smoked cigarettes for the first time by the age of 18

It is also estimated that almost 9 out of 10 adults who smoke cigarettes every day started their first cigarette by the age of 18. Whereas 99 percent people started for the first time at the age of 26. The results showed that starting to smoke early is associated with higher nicotine dependence, even in young adulthood, and that early starters have a more difficult time quitting than late starters.  

Kyoto Medical Center of Kyoto Japan

Kyoto Japan’s Kyoto Medical Center ‘National Hospital Organization’ researcher Dr. Koji Hasegawa said, ‘This study indicates that raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 22 years or more will increase the number of people addicted to nicotine. This study examined the relationship between age at start of smoking, nicotine dependence and age at cessation of smoking. People included in this research were divided into two groups based on the age of starting smoking (under 20 years and 20 years or more).

1,382 smokers were included in this research

The research included 1,382 smokers, of whom 30 percent were women. There were about 556 such smokers who started smoking before the age of 20 years. while 826 smokers were 20 years of age or older when they started smoking late.

Late cigarette starters smoked 22 cigarettes a day

Late starters who smoked 22 cigarettes per day. In comparison, early starters reported a higher number of cigarettes per day (25). Those who started early had higher levels of carbon monoxide in their trachea than those who started late. Research presented at ‘ESC Congress 2023’ said that less than half (46 per cent) of early starters successfully quit smoking. The study showed that early starters were 30 percent less likely to successfully quit smoking than late starters, compared to 56 percent of late starters.

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