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Before studies were done to test the amount of time it takes to become addicted to cigarettes after the first puff, it was thought that it took years to actually become addicted to nicotine.
What experts have found is that becoming addicted to cigarettes takes a small amount of time, anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, maximum.
Essentially, this means that there isn't much time between that first cigarette and becoming dependent on them indefinately.