E-cigarettes still have harmful chemicals ...

E-cigarettes still have harmful chemicals …

January 24, 2018

Philip Morris International wants to move to a “smoke-free future,” but US regulators believe more data is needed to assess all the potential health risks of the company’s new e-cigarettes. Although iQos (the e-cigarette) would reduce exposure to some harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes, users could still suffer certain precancerous lesions similar to those that traditional cigarettes can cause, the US Food and Drug Administration said. USA

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A full study of the carcinogenic potential of iQos is necessary before it can be sold as a safer alternative to cigarettes, the report reads. These findings come at a time when tobacco companies are facing a decline in the sale of cigarettes in the US and in the midst of an FDA campaign to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels.

IQos comes with an electronic heater and a heating stick similar to a short cigarette. Users insert that stick into the warmer and suck on the stick, which was heated to nearly 315 degrees Celsius. A cigarette burns above 537 degrees Celsius, according to Philip Morris.

Philip Morris says that the lack of fire, smoke and ash removes on average between 90% and 95% of the harmful chemicals in cigarettes. FDA staff determined that the aerosol released by iQos produces much lower levels of carcinogens than cigarette smoke, albeit at varying levels.

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