Early age smoking is nothing new today; rather it is spreading like a cancer even in children below and around 10 years.
Public policies and programs have had limited success in lowering the rates of teen smoking. Research shows that adolescents who develop smoking at an early age tend to suffer dangerous risks and health hazards.
Following are some dangerous risks involved with early age smoking:
- Students who smoke during middle school years give rise to frequent absences, poor grades, academic difficulties, delinquency, and impaired relationships .They are more likely to engage in marijuana use or drinking on a weekly basis or using hard drugs.
- The chances of involving in stealing rise among children who smoke before 10 years.
- People who smoke before the age of 15 are more likely to get bladder cancer and lung cancer in later age. The disease is the fourth most common cancer among men and kills millions each year.
- In many cases early age smoking gives rise to Permanent Genetic Damage in later life.
- Brain haemorrhage (sub-arachnoid haemorrhage) is six times higher in young smokers than young non-smokers..
- Women who smoke at an early age are at risk for heart diseases and lung cancer. They’re also at risk for reduced fertility and premature menopause.
- Women who take up smoking within five years of menstruation or those before pregnancy are more likely to develop breast cancer before they reach menopause.
- A study finds that teenagers who smoke, or exposed to second-hand smoke, face a much higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, disorders associated with obesity that increases the chances of heart attack, strokes and diabetes.
- Studies show that men who start smoking when at 16 or before are at double the risk of developing symptomatic peripheral arterial occlusive disease.