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IQOS as an e-cigarette alternative – how does it compare?

What’s the difference between IQOS and e-cigarettes?

There is one clear difference between IQOS and an electronic cigarettes.

In simple terms IQOS is a heating system that uses compressed tobacco to create vapour and a full tobacco flavour, while e-cigarettes heat up an aromatic liquid (called e-liquid) in place of tobacco.

While cigarettes rely on combustion to work, neither IQOS or e-cigarettes burn, so neither device requires matches or a cigarette lighter. IQOS consists of a tube fitted with a heating blade into which sticks of tobacco are inserted and heated up rather than burned, resulting in 95% less harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes*, which combusts at a high temperature.

How does IQOS smell compared to e-cigarettes?

IQOS, has a similar look and feel to a cigarette and retains the taste of real tobacco, but because there is no combustion, using the device can’t burn you, those around you, your pets or, in fact, anything at all as there is no lit end.

Electronic cigarettes also rely on the process of heating rather than burning but in this case an aromatized liquid, without tobacco, is vaporised to create the experience. These liquids are available in a wide variety of ‘flavours’, some of which contain nicotine and others that are completely nicotine-free.

When you smoke a cigarette shredded tobacco leaves – the source of nicotine – in combination with harmful chemicals is ignited and inhaled, emitting smoke as part of the process, and creating ash and a strong unpleasant smell that lingers on clothing and upholstery, as well as on hair and hands.

IQOS affords adult smokers who wish to continue using tobacco, an opportunity to do so in a better form than cigarettes. Because the tobacco is heated to a lower temperature than cigarettes, which are burned, fewer toxic chemicals are created as by-products of the process.

What’s the battery life and charging time of IQOS compared to an e-cigarette?

There is a wide range of e-cigarettes on the market, all of which are battery powered, and device usage depends on the variability of the battery life. The duration of an IQOS device depends on the number of experiences used. Each HEETS stick lasts for 6 minutes or 14 pulls. After a pack of 20 uses, the device will need to be recharged using the power socket. Between uses, the IQOS holder needs to be replaced in the battery pack for roughly 3.5 minutes to recharge.

Important information: It does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk.
IQOS is not risk-free.

*Average reduction in levels of a broad range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette (3R4F).

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