E-cigarettes ‘may harm male fertility’

E-cigarettes ‘may harm male fertility’: Vaping is listed alongside smoking, steroids and alcohol as factors affecting reproductive health in UK health warning first

  • Vaping could harm men’s fertility, UK public health campaign warns
  • E-cigarettes are listed alongside smoking, steroid use and alcohol abuse as factors affecting men’s testicular health and fertility
  • The British Fertility Society has also warned men against using laptops on their laps










Vaping could harm men’s fertility, a UK public health campaign has warned for the first time.

E-cigarettes are listed alongside smoking, steroid use, and alcohol abuse as factors affecting men’s testicular health and fertility.

The British Fertility Society has also warned men against using a laptop directly on their lap and taking very long hot baths, as the testicles need to stay cool for optimal sperm production.

A huge drop in sperm count over the past few decades is thought to be partly caused by lifestyle changes.

Vaping could harm men’s fertility, a UK public health campaign has first warned (file photo)

In 2020, a Danish study found that men who vaped had lower sperm counts, while an earlier University College London study found that chemicals in e-cig flavorings could make slower swimming sperm.

Kevin McEleny, male fertility specialist at Newcastle University who helped develop the BFS campaign, said: “We know e-cigarette flavors can be toxic to sperm.” There are real concerns about the effect of these devices on male fertility, as they are not subject to the same kinds of rigorous controls as drugs. I definitely tell men going through IVF that they shouldn’t vape if possible, although smoking is probably worse.

Dr Raj Mathur, from the British Fertility Society, said: “Although we don’t yet have large-scale data on its effects on human fertility, it makes sense to avoid vaping from this perspective.”

The devices have already been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, lung disorders and erectile dysfunction.

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E-cigarettes are listed alongside smoking, steroid use and excessive alcohol consumption as factors affecting men’s testicular health and fertility (file photo)

The new evidence is concerning because lower sperm production is linked to a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

It comes as England appears to be the first country in the world to provide prescription e-cigarettes to help smokers quit.

John Dunne of the UK Vaping Industry Association claimed the BFS campaign could have “serious and dangerous public health repercussions” as vaping has helped smokers to quit.

He said there was a “wide range” of things, like alcohol, that affect the “delicate balance of male fertility”.

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