Vaping could damage men’s fertility, a British public health campaign has warned for the first time.
E-cigarettes are listed alongside smoking, using steroids and drinking too much as factors affecting men’s testicular health and fertility.
The British Fertility Society has also cautioned men against using a laptop directly on their lap and having very long hot baths, as testes need to remain cool for optimal sperm production.
A huge decline in sperm counts in recent decades is thought to be partly caused by lifestyle changes.
Vaping could damage men’s fertility, a British public health campaign has warned for the first time (file photo)
In 2020 a Danish study found men who vaped had lower sperm counts, while an earlier University College London study found chemicals in e-cig flavourings could make sperm slower swimmers.
Kevin McEleny, a University of Newcastle male fertility specialist who helped to develop the BFS campaign, said: ‘We know e-cigarette flavourings can be toxic to sperm. There are real concerns about these devices’ effect on male fertility because they do not go through the same kinds of rigorous checks as drugs do. I certainly tell men going through IVF that they should not be vaping if possible, although cigarette smoking is likely to be worse.’
Dr Raj Mathur, of the British Fertility Society, said: ‘Although we do not yet have large-scale data on its effects on human fertility, it makes sense to avoid vaping from that point of view.’
The devices have previously been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, lung disorders and erectile dysfunction.
E-cigarettes are listed alongside smoking, using steroids and drinking too much as factors affecting men’s testicular health and fertility (file photo)
The new evidence is concerning as poorer sperm production is linked to higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
It comes as England looks set to be the first country in the world to supply e-cigarettes on prescription to help smokers quit.
John Dunne of the UK Vaping Industry Association claimed the BFS campaign could have ‘serious and dangerous repercussions for public health’ because vaping helped smokers quit.
He said there was a ‘vast array’ of things, such as alcohol, which affect the ‘delicate balance of male fertility’.
Source: Daily Mail UK