How to Replace Cigarettes - A Guide to Smoke-Free Alternatives

Cigarettes, nicotine and tobacco go hand in hand. Adult smokers may have questions like is nicotine naturally in tobacco? The answer is yes. Nicotine is a substance that occurs naturally in tobacco plants, as well as in fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.

Some people may believe that nicotine is the primary cause of smoking-related diseases. However, studies and public health authorities have confirmed that this is not the case. The primary cause of smoking-related diseases comes from the toxins and carcinogens present in cigarette smoke. 

When a cigarette is lit, the tip of it burns at temperatures at or above 600 degrees Celsius, which results in a chemical reaction called combustion. Combustion can produce over 6,000 chemicals, and many of them cause smoking-related diseases. This means that nicotine is not the primary cause of smoking-related diseases – combustion is. 

Saying that, the best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine consumption entirely. If you’re not yet ready to quit and are looking for less harmful alternatives, you may want to consider an option that eliminates combustion. Smoke-free alternatives can offer a tobacco and/or nicotine experience, without the combustion and cigarette smoke. 

What Smoke-Free  Alternatives Are Available?

There are a number of alternatives available for adult smokers looking to switch from cigarettes. E-cigarettes and vapes are well-known smoke-free alternatives that eliminate combustion. There is also another type of smoke-free product, called heated tobacco. 

IQOS is one option for adult smokers who are searching for a smoke-free alternative to continued smoking. IQOS offers a range of heated tobacco products, including IQOS ORIGINALS and - more recently - the IQOS ILUMA series. IQOS ILUMA is a better alternative to cigarettes.

Important information: IQOS ILUMA is not risk-free.

IQOS ILUMA Smartcore Induction Technology heats tobacco instead of burning it to deliver real tobacco taste and satisfaction. The ILUMA series all use TEREA heated tobacco sticks. What’s more, IQOS ILUMA is easy to use, with simpler insertion and removal of TEREA sticks compared to previous generations of IQOS.

Is It Possible to Replace Cigarettes, But Not the Nicotine?

Yes, this is possible for adults who are looking for smoke-free alternatives, but not a nicotine replacement. 

Nicotine is naturally present in the heated tobacco sticks that are used in IQOS devices (e.g., TEREA for ILUMA products and HEETS for older IQOS generations). Therefore, IQOS is not a nicotine replacement.

TEREA and HEETS utilise different types of IQOS technology. HEETS make use of IQOS HeatControl Technology™. IQOS HeatControl™ Technology heats tobacco instead of burning it to deliver the taste of real tobacco. IQOS provides cigarette-like satisfaction.*

*Source: 3 month clinical studies conducted in US and Japan with 160 adult smokers each under real conditions (ambulatory).

TEREA and IQOS ILUMA devices utilise the SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM instead. Find out more on our ILUMA Discovery Page.

It must be acknowledged that smoke-free products are not risk-free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. Smoke-free products are not designed as cessation aids and are not alternatives to quitting. 

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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