Nov 26, 2020
Heated tobacco vs. e-cigarettes: What’s different?
The first time you heard of heated tobacco devices, did you perhaps think that they were the same thing as electronic cigarettes? While both products are electronic, smoke-free alternatives for legal-aged smokers, there are some key differences to be aware of when making a choice between IQOS heated tobacco vs. e-cigarettes.
What are e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes are one type of alternative to smoking. They are handheld devices that come in various sizes, with customization options. Some e-cigarettes are disposable, while others can be reused. In general, e-cigarettes heat e-liquids in order to generate an aerosol, also called a vapor. Those adults who use e-cigarettes also use the e-liquids, which come in various flavors, and mostly contain nicotine.
Electronic cigarettes heat and vaporize e-liquids between a wide range of temperatures – it could be anywhere from 150° C to 250° C. The e-liquid is drawn from the tank of the e-cigarette and put into contact with a battery powered heating component. Heating the liquid makes it evaporate, and when that happens, it can be drawn from the device through a mouthpiece.
What is IQOS heated tobacco?
IQOS is a heated tobacco device developed by Philip Morris International that uses an innovative tobacco heating system called Heat-Not-Burn Technology. This type of tobacco heating technology heats tobacco instead of burning it – which is what happens with cigarettes.
With IQOS, a specially designed tobacco stick is inserted into the IQOS Holder and onto a heating blade, with a heating temperature controlled to reach 350° C. Like this the tobacco is heated from the inside of the tobacco stick, releasing no fire, no ash, and no smoke.
Heated tobacco vs. e-cigarettes: the difference.
So, if you are looking for an alternative to smoking cigarettes, how do you choose between IQOS heated tobacco vs. e-cigarettes? While they are both electronic alternatives to smoking, the key differentiator between the two is this: IQOS’s tobacco heating system heats processed tobacco, while e-cigarettes vaporize an e-liquid.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: IQOS IS NOT RISK-FREE.