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IQOS is the combination between science, technology and vision

The science and vision behind IQOS

Science


IQOS heats tobacco instead of burning it for a simple reason: the burning of tobacco emits high amounts of harmful substances. IQOS HeatControl™ Technology prevents tobacco from burning, which means it significantly reduces the number and level of harmful substances emitted compared to cigarette smoke.
IQOS heats tobacco instead of burning it for a simple reason: the burning of tobacco emits high amounts of harmful substances. IQOS HeatControl™ Technology prevents tobacco from burning, which means it significantly reduces the number and level of harmful substances emitted compared to cigarette smoke.

When a cigarette is lit, the tobacco burns at temperatures of around 600°C. This burning process generates smoke and ash; when a smoker takes a puff, the temperature rises above 800°C at the burning tip.

Cigarette smoke is a complex mixture of over 6000 chemical substances, around 100 of which have been to linked smoking-related diseases by public health authorities.

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Heating technology

When a cigarette is lit, the tobacco burns at temperatures of around 600°C. This burning process generates smoke and ash; when a smoker takes a puff, the temperature rises above 800°C at the burning tip.

Cigarette smoke is a complex mixture of over 6000 chemical substances, around 100 of which have been to linked smoking-related diseases by public health authorities.

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IQOS HeatControl™ Technology heats tobacco to a lower temperature (less than 350°C), ensuring that combustion does not occur. Because there is no combustion, IQOS does not produce smoke. It generates a tobacco vapor that brings you a high-quality tobacco taste experience with 95% less harmful substances compared to cigarettes.

Tobacco vapor vs Smoke

Tobacco vapor vs Smoke

IQOS tobacco vapor is less harmful than cigarette smoke. To demonstrate this, we conducted a comprehensive assessment program that included 10 clinical studies on aerosol chemistry (as well as data from 18 non-clinical studies), and involved thousands of participants in the US, Japan, UK and Poland. Evidence demonstrates that switching completely to IQOS, while not risk-free, presents better alternative than continuing to smoke cigarettes.

Indoor Air Quality (“IAQ”) refers to the air quality inside buildings, generally based on the principle of ensuring the health and comfort of the occupants. Temperature, humidity and contaminants are some of the factors that can affect the indoor air quality. But, human presence and activities such as cooking, cleaning or smoking have been proven to have considerable impact.

To enhance our knowledge and understanding the impact of IQOS on indoor air quality we conducted studies simulating “real-world” conditions in an environmentally controlled room. Our testing methods are validated, and ISO accredited.

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (“IAQ”) refers to the air quality inside buildings, generally based on the principle of ensuring the health and comfort of the occupants. Temperature, humidity and contaminants are some of the factors that can affect the indoor air quality. But, human presence and activities such as cooking, cleaning or smoking have been proven to have considerable impact.

To enhance our knowledge and understanding the impact of IQOS on indoor air quality we conducted studies simulating “real-world” conditions in an environmentally controlled room. Our testing methods are validated, and ISO accredited.

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Our study shows that the few compounds we nevertheless detected were found at very low concentrations and far below the maximum exposure levels defined in existing air quality guidelines.

Science machine

Did you know we’ve created a machine to show the significant differences between smoke produced by burning tobacco in a cigarette compared to the tobacco vapor generated when tobacco is heated in IQOS? IQOS heats tobacoo up to 360 ⁰C. In a cigarete tobacco burns to temperatures exceeding 600 ⁰C.See the result in the picture where the filters are shown after burning and heating the tobacco.

Our studies show that the satisfaction of those who switched completely to IQOS is comparable to that of those who continued to smoke cigarettes*. Discover more about our scientific assessment journey

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Switching to IQOS

Our studies show that the satisfaction of those who switched completely to IQOS is comparable to that of those who continued to smoke cigarettes*. Discover more about our scientific assessment journey

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*3-month clinical study conducted in US and Japan with 160 adult smokers each, under near real-world conditions.