Vaping and e-cigarettes could ‘harm your DNA’ and ‘increase risk of cancer’

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Updated 30 January 2018
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Vaping and e-cigarettes could ‘harm your DNA’ and ‘increase risk of cancer’

DUBAI: Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, can increase the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as damage DNA, according to a recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Despite being promoted as “safer” alternatives to cigarette tobacco, the study claims the battery-driven devices could still pose grave health consequences.
“We propose that ECS (e-cigarette smoke) is carcinogenic and that e-cig smokers have a higher risk than non-smokers to develop lung and bladder cancer and heart diseases,” researchers wrote.
According to tests run on mice, those that were exposed to smoke from e-cigarettes had higher levels of DNA damage in the bladder, heart and lungs as opposed to those breathing regular filtered air.
But the repair systems that protect against cancer in the mice that were exposed to e-cigarette fumes were also damaged.
“It is important to note that many e-cig smokers (who) have taken up the e-cig smoking habit are not necessarily doing it for the purpose of quitting TS (tobacco smoking), rather, it is because they are assuming that e-cig smoking is safe,” the scientists wrote.


The Six: Get cooking with these Middle Eastern-flavored cookbooks

Updated 21 October 2018
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The Six: Get cooking with these Middle Eastern-flavored cookbooks

DUBAI: Whether you’re a tried-and-tested chef or a novice cook, try something new in the kitchen with these newly released, Middle Eastern-flavored cookbooks.
‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’
In September, Meghan Markle, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, lent her backing to this charity cookbook that funds a community project set up by women seeking somewhere to cook in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire.
‘Feasts from the Middle East’
The cookbook was created by Tony Kitous, the founder of successful UK-based Lebanese restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais, and features more than 100 recipes.
‘Baladi’
Joudie Kalla, the author behind “Palestine on a Plate,” is back with more tantalizing Palestinian recipes in the newly released cookbook.
‘The Mezze Cookbook’
From roasted cauliflower and tahini to pomegranate cakes, this book offers more than 135 recipes from across the Middle East.
‘Authentic Egyptian Cooking’
Abou El-Sid, one of Cairo’s most famous restaurants, presents more than 50 of its classic recipes in this treasure trove of a cookbook.
‘Suqar’
Ending on a sweet note, this recipe book, the title of which means sugar in Arabic, offers more than 100 desserts inspired by Middle Eastern classics, including puddings, pastries and everything in-between.