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.
Researchers searched global databases for studies examining cigarette experimentation and smoking habits, including research from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Researchers found that just over 60% of adults said they had tried a cigarette at some point in their lives, with nearly 69% of those noting that they had, at least for a period, gone on to smoke cigarettes daily.
Peter Hajek, co-author of the research, from the Queen Mary University of London said that this shows prevention, providing fewer opportunities or reasons for young people to try a cigarette, is a good idea.
"In the development of any addictive behavior, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark, as it implies that a recreational activity is turning into a compulsive need". It has been proven that the rate of becoming a smoker after experiencing smoking for the first time is higher than expected.
But he said the United Kingdom was seeing a "dramatic reduction in smoking", with only 19 per cent of 11 to 15-yearolds having tried it.
The team analysed data from the United Kingdom, the US, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
As different surveys used different methodologies, the 68.9% "conversion rate" has a 16% margin of error (60.9% to 76.9%).
"The presence of nicotine is clearly not the whole story".
The authors of the study said the research pointed to the "remarkable hold" cigarettes can have on their users from the first try.
Smoking just one cigarette for the first time in life can make more than two-thirds of people addicts, a survey involving over 215,000 people has revealed.
While all surveys point to the fact that trying cigarettes once is highly likely to lead to daily smoking, there exist some variations from one survey to the next. The team also found that the same does not apply to vapers, those who "smoke" electronic cigarettes.