A new device that heats tobacco without burning is now available. It claims to be safer than cigarettes. Don't be fooled! There is no safe type of tobacco use.
In 2019, these heat-not-burn tobacco products became legal in the United States. They are different from vape pens, JUUL and e-cigarettes.
Facts about these flashy, new tobacco devices:
They produce an aerosol that contains nicotine, chemicals, additives, and flavorings by heating tobacco.
They contain about the same amount of nicotine as traditional cigarettes.
They are available in convenience stores and specialty shops.
They are NOT the same as e-cigarettes: these products use tobacco to deliver nicotine, whereas e-cigarettes use an liquid to deliver nicotine.
They give off secondhand aerosol that is unsafe to breathe (like a cigarette).
Heated tobacco products are NOT safe!
Heated tobacco products contain tobacco. There is no safe type or level of tobacco use, and there is no evidence that heated tobacco products are safer than traditional cigarettes.
They also contain many chemicals and components that have been designated as harmful by the FDA, including:
Heavy Metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury
Acetone (found in nail polish remover)
Ammonia (found in fertilizers and household cleaners)
Benzene (found in gasoline)
This device can lead teens to become lifelong smokers.
Companies that make products like e-cigarettes, vape pens and JUUL claim they can help smokers quit. But evidence is showing they lead to more cigarette use and are a way for the tobacco industry to attract new customers.
Heated tobacco products are highly addictive: IQOS and other heated tobacco products contain nicotine. Teens and young adults are easily addicted to nicotine. The US Surgeon General has declared that youth use of nicotine in any form is unsafe.
Menthol flavors are used to lure teens: For decades, the tobacco industry has used menthol and other flavors to attract young smokers. Menthol masks the harshness of cigarette smoke, making them easier to smoke and harder to quit. Menthol cigarette use is more common among young smokers than other age groups.
Prevention is the most effective way to protect kids from tobacco.