Vulnerability to smoking after trying a single cigarette can lie dormant for three years or more.


OBJECTIVE To examine the development of smoking behaviour among adolescents who, at age 11, had tried cigarettes just once. DESIGN A five-year prospective study. SETTING 36 schools in South London, England. SUBJECTS A socioeconomically and ethnically diverse sample of students completed questionnaires annually from age 11-16. A total of 5863 students… (More)