Some adult smokers don’t want to quit smoking. They now have an alternative. In order to choose the best alternative to smoking, it is important to learn about all the ways which can be an alternative for regular cigarettes.
One of the alternatives is tobacco heating system IQOS, which allows to use tobacco by heating it instead of burning it with less risk to your health than continuing to smoke*. Naturally, question arises: what kind of tobacco products are used with IQOS system?
Are they just small cigarettes?
We will definitely debunk this statement. Even though when you open a pack, you see products that are noticeably shorter than cigarettes, the two products are completely different. Special tobacco products are heated by using a precisely controlled heating blade in IQOS holder. No burning is involved in the process, and therefore there is no smoke. Only aerosol containing nicotine is emitted, and less unpleasant smell is felt.
When a regular cigarette is smoldering, it also emits nicotine and tobacco smell. However, only a third of the tobacco in a cigarette is consumed. Two-thirds burn up while emitting smoke and ashes and maintain the smoldering.
Heated tobacco products don’t need as much tobacco as cigarettes because the device’s heating blade heats the product. So, in this case, the tobacco is not used to maintain the burning process.
Composition of heated tobacco products
Heated tobacco products are made from real tobacco. What’s interesting is that one part of their filter is made from plant-based material – corn resin, which decomposes naturally. This material cools down the aerosol and absorbs any potentially hazardous chemicals. It is also used in medical, food and drink industries.
After the heating cycle, you will notice changes in the filter’s color and texture. The thin sheets of corn resin in the filter are formed to gradually cool the vapor which is inhaled. The plant-based molecules are first exposed to the warm aerosol, which they cool down and remove excess water. The filter changes its initial appearance because of this process, but it is not a sign that IQOS device is malfunctioning.
As we have mentioned, IQOS system heats tobacco instead of burning it. How does this work? The device uses the special IQOS HeatControl™ technology, which precisely controls the temperature of the heating blade. Tobacco in a heated tobacco product is heated to 350°C for around 6 minutes or the time it takes to inhale approximately 14 times. This process ensures the same tobacco taste without burning.
Only special heated tobacco products can be used with IQOS system. No other tobacco products or regular cigarettes can be used with the system. Heated tobacco products can’t be used as regular cigarettes; they are made for heating only, not burning.
Do you want to learn more about tobacco heating? Read here.
* Source: based on the totality of evidence available for IQOS in comparison with continuing to smoke.