HC Deb 17 July 1995 vol 263 c923W
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. [35264]

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.