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.
This percentage was based on 215,000 respondents of eight surveys taken across the USA, U.K., New Zealand and Australia and compiled in the Global Health Data Exchange.
The surveys looked at asked more than 215,000 people about their smoking history, and found somewhere between 61 and 77 percent of people who try a cigarette go on to become regular smokers, at least temporarily.
Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek, a psychologist at Queen Mary, said: 'This is the first time the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data.
The team analysed data from the United Kingdom, the US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
And among those who did, 69 per cent progressed to daily smoking.
There is still good news that shows a reduction of smoking in the last few years for people who live in the UK.
Based on survey results from 4 different countries - including the United Kingdom - the findings highlight how addictive tobacco cigarettes are, and the importance of ensuring that stop smoking services are made available to help people quit.
Studies show that most smokers want to quit, and FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller says that's the hinge of a new campaign. 215000 people were included in 8 surveys that were done in 16 years.
In 2016, British male smokers smoked an average of 12 cigarettes a day while female smokers each smoked an average of 11 cigarettes each day.
"Concerns were expressed that e-cigarettes could be as addictive as conventional cigarettes, but this has not been the case".
"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.