§ Ms Lynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has given to the relationship between long-term smoking among women and the risk of developing breast cancer; what plans his Department has to introduce new warnings on tobacco products and advertisements informing female smokers of the risk of breast cancer; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Bowis
The Department of Health is aware of published evidence' that smoking seems to increase the risk of developing breast cancer to a modest extent among women who have smoked for more than 30 years.
Government health warnings, which appear on all cigarette packets, include a statement warning smokers that smoking causes cancer. The Department of Health has no plans to change the health warnings.1 Cigarette smoking and breast cancer. Bennicke, K. Conrad, C. et al. BMJ Vol 310 pp 1431–1433, copies of which are available in the Library.