Prof warns of hubbly bubbly cancer risk

2012-01-25 09:14

Professor Andre van Zyl of the University of Pretoria warned that children as young as eight to youths of 24 years are most at risk of the dangers of the pipes, Beeld newspaper reported today.

“It is more dangerous than cigarettes. People inhale the smoke deeper because it is such soothing flavoured tobacco,” he said.

He issued this warning at a media briefing of the South African Dental Association in Cape Town.

Because hubbly bubblies are smoked for longer periods, poisons equivalent to 100 cigarettes can be inhaled.

It is also incorrectly assumed that the water filtered out dangerous elements.

Younger people using the water pipes were exposed to a greater risk of mouth and throat cancer, he said. 

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