What’s in Heated Tobacco Devices and Consumables?

Generally, heated tobacco devices should be designed to heat tobacco to a controlled temperature, instead of burning it. This method avoids combustion, which is a problematic factor in cigarettes. Of course, it’s a matter of scientific assessment of each particular product to see if this is actually the case. 

Those considering the switch from cigarettes to heated tobacco products will likely have questions about what goes into making them. Read on to explore more on what these products can be made of, their nicotine content, and whether they can be a better alternative to continued smoking. 


What’s in Heated Tobacco Products?

What’s in a heated tobacco product could vary depending on the product in question. One prime example of a heated tobacco product is a heated tobacco stick. Generally, one of the most crucial ingredients in this type of device is tobacco.


Tobacco Stick Devices

As the name suggests, devices of this design make use of tobacco sticks. An adult smoker will typically insert these sticks into the heated tobacco device. The device then heats tobacco sticks to provide a tobacco experience. 


Nicotine in Heated Tobacco Products

Heated tobacco products still contain nicotine, which is addictive, and therefore they are not risk-free. However, for an adult smoker who would otherwise continue to smoke, an innovative tobacco heating system like IQOS is a better alternative.  IQOS ILUMA emits 95% less harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.* For more information on the harm reduction in heated tobacco, read the article ‘Harm Reduction in Heated Tobacco.’

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

 * “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. See Important Information on IQOS.com.


What Makes IQOS a Better Alternative to Cigarettes?

There are a range of benefits to IQOS devices, such as those in the IQOS ILUMA series.  Switching completely to IQOS ILUMA presents less risk to your health than continuing to smoke.*

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

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

IQOS ILUMA produces no ash. Unlike cigarettes, IQOS ILUMA has no risk of burning others around you, pets, clothes, and furniture as there is no lit end. IQOS ILUMA leaves less lingering smell than cigarettes.*

* 90% agreement amongst 674 adult consumers in Japan and Italy, 2020 – 2021.

 IQOS ILUMA is our latest tobacco heating device series. It’s more intuitive and easier to use compared to previous generations of IQOS.* Furthermore, IQOS ILUMA provides more taste variety compared to previous generations of IQOS. 

* 80% agreement amongst 714 adult consumers in Japan and Italy, 2020 – 2021. 

IQOS ILUMA is compatible with TEREA tobacco sticks, which feature an innovative metal heating element. This is coated with stainless steel and placed inside the tobacco stick, which allows for seamless heating of the tobacco.

Other IQOS devices make use of HEETS tobacco sticks to deliver a tobacco experience. There are various HEETS tobacco options available, with different blends and intensities to choose from. Discover the wide range of IQOS HEETS.

IQOS is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. IQOS is not an alternative to quitting and is not designed as a cessation aid. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.

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.