Are 'Heat-Not-Burn' Tobacco Products Safer Than Cigarettes?

Are 'Heat-Not-Burn' Tobacco Products Safer Than Cigarettes?

A new tobacco device by Philip Morris, known as IQOS, shouldn't go to market with the claim that it reduces disease risk compared with traditional cigarettes, a panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded today (Jan. 25), according to news reports. But how exactly do these products work, and why did the FDA make this call? The IQOS is a type of "heat-not-burn" tobacco product. These products could be thought of as "in the middle between [traditional] cigarettes and vaping products," said William Shadel, associate director of the Population Health Program at Rand Corp., a nonprofit research...

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