How dangerous are e-cigarettes and hubbly?

A report by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in the United States found that although there is a decrease in tobacco cigarette usage, e-cigarette and hubbly usage among middle and high school students is increasing.

On #NightTalk, Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo spoke to Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit, head of the Lung Clinical Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT)’s Lung Institute, about whether e-cigarettes and hubbly are as dangerous as a tobacco cigarette.

Professor van Zyl-Smit said that e-cigarettes and hubbly are potentially as dangerous as a tobacco cigarette because they contain nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes.

Listen to the full conversation:

In a normal cigarette, there are about 8 000 chemicals

Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit, Head of the Lung Clinical Research Unit at UCT's Lung Institute

Hubbly can be more harmful because the amount of smoke you are inhaling is significantly higher, and it is still tobacco

Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit, Head of the Lung Clinical Research Unit at UCT's Lung Institute

Lungs don't recover. That's the biggest challenge with patients that have been smoking for years. You cannot recover what is gone

Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit, Head of the Lung Clinical Research Unit at UCT's Lung Institute
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