Are heat-not-burn tobacco products a safer alternative to cigarettes?

The rise of vaping has seen tobacco firms revisit an old cigarette alternative, but the health benefits are far from clear

Health 8 May 2019
IQOS device
The IQOS heat-not-burn device is stored in a charger that resembles a cigarette case

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FIRST there were smokers. Then there were vapers. Now there is a tribe of nicotine users so new that they don’t have a name yet. Maybe we’ll call them heaters or smoulders. But if the tobacco industry gets its way, they will become a familiar sight.

The new tribe are converts to what are called heated tobacco products (HTPs) or heat-not-burn (HNB) devices. Instead of incinerating tobacco they warm it up, releasing an aerosol of nicotine and other compounds that the …

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