How safe are cigarette substitutes?

Experts say whether you're lighting up an IQOS device or a cigarette, it’s simply not a good idea.

JOHANNESBURG - More smokers are puffing on cigarette substitutes. But how safe are these products?

Earlier this year, cigarette manufacturing giant Philip Morris opened a store with smoking alternatives in Sandton, the first of its kind in Africa.

The company says it's dedicated to replacing cigarettes with smoke-free products as fast as possible. 

But TAG CEO Peter Ucko is adamant these products are not safe.

"They are still dangerous, they still heat tobacco rather than ignite it and they still give off emissions, including carbonyls and all sorts of chemicals and nicotine.

"It doesn’t reduce smoking, it still keeps people addicted to nicotine.”

Experts say whether you're lighting up an IQOS device or a cigarette, it's simply not a good idea.  

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