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Teenage girls using e-cigarettes may be dramatically raising their risk of developing breast cancer, an expert has warned.
Professor Kefah Mokbel – one of the top breast cancer surgeons in Britain – fears an ‘epidemic’ of vaping among youngsters could have devastating consequences in the future.
Toxic - Substances - Vapours - Users - Cancer
Toxic substances in the vapours inhaled by users have been linked to breast cancer, particularly for women who have been exposed to them in adolescence.
Now Prof Mokbel has written to Ministers calling for health and education officials to issue new guidance on the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, saying it would be ‘unforgivable’ to do nothing.
His warning comes as:
Public Health England has consistently stated it estimates e-cigarettes to be ‘95 per cent less harmful than tobacco’. However, vaping products have not been used long enough for experts to know the long-term effects.
Prof - Mokbel - Science - Toxic - Substances
Prof Mokbel said ‘established science’ suggested toxic substances in the vapours that users inhale could trigger tumours in later life. Chemicals that mimic the sex hormone oestrogen are present in them, he said, while a new study has found many contain carcinogenic heavy metals.
Prof Mokbel – lead breast cancer surgeon at the private London Breast Institute, part of Princess Grace Hospital – has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Education Secretary Damian Hinds urging the Government to introduce educational programmes ‘highlighting the adverse potential long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes’.
Youngsters - Messages - Vaping - Healthier - Alternative
He feared youngsters had taken official messages promoting vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking – guidance he did not dispute – to mean that e-cigarettes were ‘by and large safe’.
Unscrupulous, profit-hungry firms were fuelling the problem with ‘aggressive and deceptive’ marketing of brightly coloured products clearly aimed at teenagers, he added.
Evidence - Use - Breast - Cancer - Type
No hard evidence currently exists linking e-cigarette use with breast cancer or any other type of cancer. But Prof Mokbel, the author of more...
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