Childhood smoking has health consequences both at the time and in older age. People who start to smoke at a younger age face additional risks of lung damage, bowel cancer, and cervical pre-cancerous lesions.
Smoking prevalence is higher in children whose parents, siblings and/or peers smoke. These children may also be exposed to second-hand smoke.
- The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care. Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2014. 2015.