Heat-not-Burn Technology FAQs
What is this 3R4F cigarette you refer to?
It is a cigarette independently designed by the University of Kentucky in the US for scientific research purposes. It is a comparator commonly used in tobacco research, which allows the data of a given study to be compared to that of another study. 3R4F research cigarettes are not commercially available to consumers.
How do you measure the number of IQOS users?
We use PMI Financials or estimates, IQOS user panels and PMI Market Research. The number of total users we report refers to IQOS users for whom PMI tobaccosticksicks represent at least 5% of their daily tobacco consumption over the past 7 days, while the number of people we estimate have completely quit cigarette smoking refers to IQOS users who have completely quit cigarettes and for whom PMI tobaccosticksicks represent at least 70% of their past 7-day heated tobacco consumption.
What is the totality of evidence you refer to when claiming that switching to IQOS presents less risk than continued smoking?
The totality of evidence includes PMI’s clinical data (we conducted 10 clinical studies with thousands of participants in the US, UK, Japan and Poland), aerosol chemistry, and data from 18 nonclinical studies. The totality of evidence demonstrates that switching completely to IQOS, while not risk-free, presents less risk of harm compared with continuing to smoke cigarettes.
How do you measure IQOS emissions, which you claim are reduced on average by 95% compared to the smoke of a 3R4F cigarette?
The percentage refers to the average reduction of the levels of certain constituents prioritized for action by renowned public health organizations such as the WHO and the US FDA found in IQOS tobacco vapor compared to the smoke from a 3R4F reference cigarette. To this effect, we collect the tobacco vapor and smoke under the Health Canada Intense machine-smoking regime (55 mL puff volume, 2 second puff duration, 30 second interval puff) using a comparison on a per stick basis. Reduction calculations exclude nicotine.
Is nicotine harmful?
Nicotine is addictive. However, it is not the main cause of smoking related diseases. IQOS delivers nicotine in a comparable way to cigarettes. Our clinical studies show that the amount and rate of nicotine absorbed when using one tobacco stick with IQOS is comparable to that of smoking one cigarette.
Is using IQOS safe or risk-free?
No, we can’t say that at this point. While switching completely to IQOS presents less risk to your health, IQOS is not risk-free and delivers nicotine, which is addictive. If you are concerned about the health effects of smoking, your best option is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. However, switching completely to IQOS is a better choice than continuing to smoke.
Use of IQOS in holiday destinations?
Before starting your journey, we recommend you to double check the import regulations of the travel destination.
Customs authorities in the country of your travel may challenge the excess of the inbound allowance and could take the product, or even apply fines.
For information on imported goods into Austria, please visit the website of Federal Ministry of Finance under the Section Customs: https://www.bmf.gv.at/themen/zoll/reise.html.
Can I use IQOS indoors?
Even though the composition of the aerosol produced when using IQOS differs significantly from cigarette smoke, the legal regulations on smoking ban also apply to the use of related products and thus also to tobacco sticks suitable for IQOS.
Does IQOS produce smoke?
No, IQOS does not produce smoke because it does not burn tobacco. It generates a tobacco vapour.
Can I use cigarettes with an IQOS device?
No, that is not possible. IQOS has been designed to work exclusively with suitable tobacco sticks.
Based on our research and findings, you can only experience the advantages of IQOS if you use IQOS together with the suitable tobacco sticks.
Will IQOS help me quit smoking?
No. IQOS is not a smoking cessation device or intended as a device to quit smoking.
If you are concerned, your best option is to quit tobacco use altogether.
What kind of product is IQOS?
IQOS is an alternative for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke in order to heat up tobacco and to avoid inconveniences - like ash or smoke. The product is not intended for people who have quit smoking or have never smoked.
IQOS uses sophisticated Heat-Not-Burn Techonlogy to heat tobacco instead of burning it, to release a flavourful vapour containing nicotine.
IQOS is not suitable for minors. Details can be found under Important Information.
If I have any further questions, who should I contact?
The use of this product is not risk free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. Only for use by adults.