Kourtney Kardashian Faces Backlash After Claiming Face Masks ‘Increase The Risk Of Tumours’

Kourtney probably should have fact checked the claims before sharing with her 102million followers.

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by Lucy Smith |
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Kourtney Kardashian has received backlash after sharing a post on social media that claims wearing disposable face masks could lead to cancer and suffocation, among other things. The oldest Kardashian sister posted the claims on Instagram Stories and though she referenced the American Cancer Society, they were unfounded.

In the post, she wrote, 'Those blue masks mandated at grocery stores & airplanes are made of PTFE, a carcinogen made from synthetic fluoride. According to Cancer.org it increases the risk of liver, testicle, pancreas, kidney & breast tumors + ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and high cholesterol. High exposure can cause influenza-like symptoms and hemorrhaging in the lungs, leading to suffocation.'

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Kourtney Kardashian has shared photos of herself wearing a cloth mask ©Instagram @kourtneykardash

Kourtney, 41, accompanied the claim with the wide-eyed and mind blown emojis...

But for starters, haemorrhaging is spelt wrong, which Kourt maybe should've flagged before she shared the info with her 102 MILLION followers. Just sayin'.

Secondly, a brief look around the American Cancer Society's website shows that no such claims were made and, in fact, the organisation writes, on the contrary, 'The face cover is meant to help protect other people, because you could spread the virus if you are infected and don’t have symptoms. At the same time, when someone else wears a face cover, it can protect you, too. Together, this can help slow the spread of COVID-19.'

Though the organisation does state that they don't recommend buying or wearing surgical masks, this is only because, 'These are in short supply in many areas and should be saved for healthcare workers who need them.;

To add fuel to the fire, the ACS has since released a statement to deny the presence of cancer-causing properties. They wrote, 'There is no evidence to support the claim that the presence of PTFE in a mask causes cancer.'

Fans and haters alike were in uproar across social media. On Twitter, one NHS worker wrote, 'It’s one thing for a random people on social media to claim that masks cause cancer... it’s another for @kourtneykardash to be doing so on her Instagram stories to >100 million followers. UTTERLY F--KING UNACCEPTABLE.'

Another Twitter user piped up with a similar sentiment, saying, 'We know she is too rich to care about COVID but encouraging fans not to wear masks to protect them from COVID is a new low. That family can’t really be this tone deaf and stupid? Is it PR?'

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Keeping Up with the Kardashian fights

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Kourtney vs Kim

In March, Kim and Kourtney had a physical fight and to be honest we're not surprised. Tension has been building between the pair for quite some time and Kourt even confessed that she's stepping back from the reality show - before everyone else did.

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Khloe vs Kim

Remember when Khloe shut the door on Kim when she was trying to get into the apartment and then Kim came out with the famous line, 'don't be f—king rude' before hitting her with her bag? Iconic.

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Kim and Kris vs Rob

Throwback to when Kim was dating (and then went on to marry) Kris Humphries. Well, one of the stand-out moments from their relationship was the whole diamond earring incident but during that same holiday, remember when Kim and Kris argued with Rob Kardashian? After the siblings exchanged words, Kris stepped in to defend Kim but nobody was prepared for when Rob called her a 'wh-re'.

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Kylie vs Kendall

So Kylie and Kendall aren't full time cast members but whenever they're on screen they know how to make their mark. While the pair were getting ready at Kylie's house, Kendall wanted to borrow one of her sister's dresses and it's safe to say Ky wasn't having it. Kylie refused to lend her the dress and Kendall went on to call her 'the biggest f—king b-tch' and a 'c—t'. So much dramz.

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Kim vs Kourtney

Kim and Kourtney's row over North West and Penelope Disick's Candyland themed party went on for a few days but it reached its peak when they came to blows and almost called it off. While Kourtney was arguing it'll be too much sugar for the kids, Kim pointed out that was the whole theme of the party. Luckily they went ahead with it but the kids ended up being far too hyper… following all that candy.

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Scott vs the waiter

Scott has definitely had the best character development throughout the series. Remember the early series when he went wild with his partying? He punched the mirror in Miami and shoved money down the waiters throat? Everyone was embarrassed and of course, the following day he apologised.

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Scott vs Corey

This row still makes us cringe whenever we think about it. During dinner Kourtney revealed Penelope scratched her nanny on the face and it resulted in her quitting. Things were getting pretty heated between everyone but it certainly took a turn when Corey said if she was his child he would have given her a 'spanking for sure'. Oh boy...

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Kendall vs Caitlyn

It all kicked off when Caitlyn Jenner publicly announced she was going to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that Kendall was walking. Kendall put her foot down and admitted she was 'p-ssed' at her dad for taking the attention and went on to disinvite her. Awks.

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Kris vs the rest of the family

This will always be our funniest KUWTK episode. When the Kardashian sisters (and Kim's friend Larsa Pippen) were judging Kris for letting Rob stay in one of her houses, Kris put her foot down. She reminded them that she's supported them throughout all their 'sh-t' including Kim's short marriage –remember her classic, 'I'm married for 72 days, really that was normal? Iconique.

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Kim vs Kourtney

Kim is pretty savage during any argument but she went a step too far when she claimed Kourtney was the 'least interesting to look at' after her older sister was being difficult with the schedule for their annual Christmas card.

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Kourtney vs Jonathan Cheban

Throwback to Kourtney and Khloe take Miami (an iconic time, tbh). Jonathan should learn not to get involved in family fights. During the early days he defended Kim and ended up rowing with Kourtney. After Kourt told him "you're shoved so far up Kim's ass" and "You're such a f—king loser", he clapped back and said, "Scott's never going to marry you!" Kourt didn't take his jibe lightly and ended up slapping him around the face.

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Kendall vs Kris

The Kardashians Christmas party is one we would LOVE to go to but in 2018 things got a little awkward when Kendall wanted her dad Caitlyn to attend but Kris wasn't keen. After Kris pointed out that it could be awkward because of all the drama from Caitlyn's book, Kendall made it clear she wanted her dad there.

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Kim and Jonathan vs Khloe and Malika

While the Kardashians were on holiday, things got awkward when Jonathan Cheban told Malika Haaq that he got a bigger room because his best friend Kim is more famous than her best pal Khloe. When they all confronted each other, Kim told Khloe and Malika that she thought they had "an inferiority complex". Riiiight.

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Kendall vs Rob

When Rob started dating Blac Chyna it was awkward for the entire family but things took a turn when he gave her an iPad… that Kendall gave him for HIS birthday. To top it all off, Kendall found out through Instagram.

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