How to buy the right gift for an adult smoker

There is a lot of pressure to choose the best gift for an adult smoker friend you care about. From vapes, nicotine pouches to heated tobacco, there are a lot of gift options available for adult smokers this Christmas. That is why we have put together this handy guide to help you pick the right gift.

The guide will help you select a meaningful gift that will help your adult smoker friend discover a better alternative to continued smoking this festive season.

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One thing you might not know is that vapes, and heated tobacco, are arguably less harmful than cigarettes - although they still come with risk and contain nicotine, which is addictive.

When it comes to picking a device for your smoker friend or loved one, we suggest putting together a specifications list to ensure that the device and brand you purchase can be trusted. The list can include product type (vape or heated tobacco device, as described below), price, reviews or even the colour of the device.

What are vapes?

Unlike cigarette smoking, vapes provide a nicotine-containing aerosol without combustion.

Vapes work by heating e-liquids, which are generally flavoured and contain nicotine, in order to create an aerosol. The aerosol is drawn from the device through a mouthpiece.

Even though some vapes are tobacco flavoured, it is not the same as a cigarette because, ultimately, vapes do not burn tobacco. While it may be a better alternative to continued smoking, it is proven that vaping is not risk-free, and many e-cigarettes provide nicotine, which is addictive.

What are Heat-not-Burn devices?

If an adult smoker is looking for an alternative to smoking that provides real tobacco taste, IQOS heat-not-burn devices and HEETS tobacco sticks use real tobacco.

Based on the totality of scientific evidence for IQOS in comparison to continuing to smoke, switching completely to IQOS is likely to present less risk to your health than continuing to smoke.

Important information: IQOS is not risk-free. It provides nicotine, which is addictive.

* Based on the totality of evidence available for IQOS in comparison with continuing to smoke.

When a smoker takes a puff of a burning cigarette, the temperature rises to 800°, generating smoke, ash, and the majority of harmful chemicals, which public health experts agree are the leading cause of tobacco-related disease. On the other hand, heat-not-burn devices heat the tobacco to 350°C.

Since the tobacco is heated and not burned, IQOS emits, on average, 95% lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes. **

Important information: IQOS is not risk-free. It provides nicotine, which is addictive.

** “95% less” represents the average reduction in levels of the 9 chemicals recommended for reduction in cigarette smoke by the World Health Organization, which do not include nicotine. It does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk.

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Curious to know more about IQOS?

Visit your nearest IQOS kiosk to learn more about IQOS heated tobacco devices and the HEETS tobacco sticks that work with them. You can find your nearest IQOS store using the store finder. If you have more questions about IQOS, feel free to also contact the call centre on +27 800 043 387.

With that in mind, where should you shop?

Tobacco shops are also a great way to find the right device. If you are looking for support and various options, specialist tobacconist shops are a good choice. As experts, the sales agent will be able to answer any questions that you may have and even offer recommendations. Just make sure to ask plenty of questions to find the right one.

Remember, though, if an adult smoker would like to reduce health risks, quitting tobacco and nicotine use altogether is their best option.

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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