Vaping and Heated Tobacco Products’ Smell vs Cigarettes

As an adult smoker, you are aware of the lingering smell that cigarette smoke produces. It hangs around the house, in your hair, clothes, and furniture. For any smoker switching from cigarettes to a smoke-free device, learning about other products’ smell—and whether it is the same as the smell produced by a cigarette—can be of interest.


Smoke-Free: Less Smell?


Cigarette smell is powerful and can taint your surroundings. It is a common problem smokers are familiar with, and there are reasons why cigarettes produce an odour when lit. Through combustion - the act of burning - cigarettes leave a residue, and this can stick to everything it touches including clothes, and even hair and skin. The smell does not just hang around while you are smoking, either. The odour may linger for hours after a cigarette is extinguishedextinguished, impacting your home.


The unpleasant smell of cigarettes remain, and smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke should consider one of the many scientifically substantiated smoke-free options that are now available. Cigarettes expose others to smoke – IQOS doesn’t. IQOS doesn’t produce smoke or second-hand smoke. It produces a tobacco vapour that contains significantly less harmful chemicals*, resulting in less impact on the air around you and others compared to cigarette smoke.


So the answer to the question is Yes, scientifically substantiated smoke-free products such as IQOS do generate less smell than cigarettes


Important information: IQOS is not risk-free for you or others around you.


* Reductions in levels of the 9 harmful chemicals the World Health Organization recommends to reduce in cigarette smoke, which do not include nicotine. See Important information.


Smoke-Free Devices Benefits: Smells


If you’re an adult smoker looking for a heated tobacco product - one that uses real tobacco, but are worried about the cigarette smoke smell, you will love to know that IQOS heats the tobacco inside the tobacco stick at a controlled temperature instead of burning it like cigarettes do. So does heated tobacco smell?


IQOS produces less smell than cigarettes. IQOS leaves less lingering smell than cigarettes. IQOS generates no cigarette smoke smell, and IQOS leaves less smell on furniture and fabric than cigarettes. As IQOS produces less smell than cigarettes, it is less likely to bother people around you*.


* 85% agreement amongst 674 adult consumers in Japan and Italy, 2020 – 2021.


IQOS uses real tobacco sticks, which are specially designed with IQOS technology and come in a variety of blends, flavours and aromas. The tobacco sticks work with the IQOS devices. Tobacco sticks are not risk-free and they contain nicotine, which is addictive.


The new IQOS ILUMA utilizes a SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM. IQOS ILUMA SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM heats tobacco instead of burning it to deliver the taste of real tobacco. IQOS ILUMA produces no ash. Unlike cigarettes, IQOS ILUMA does not burn tobacco and therefore produces no smoke. Many consumers agree that IQOS ILUMA produces no bad odour.* It is important to note that IQOS ILUMA is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive.


The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. IQOS are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids.


* 65% agreement amongst 674 adult consumers in Japan and Italy, 2020 – 2021.


Whether you have been wondering about vaping smells or asking, do vape pens or heated tobacco products smell as much as cigarettes, you should know there are smoke-free alternatives that can generate less smell than cigarettes.


This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.

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