Study Finds Smokeless Cigarettes Contain More Cancer Causing Chemicals Than Traditional Cigarettes
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Because no matter how you get your nicotine fix, it is slowly killing you. Besides, quitting will make you healthier and happier in more ways than one.
Long Story Short
“Heat-not-burn” cigarettes have been marketed as safer options than conventional cigarettes but new research suggests that they may actually be more harmful.
It may be time to call it quits for good because it’s starting to look like whether you smoke, vape or “heat-not-burn” your tobacco, you’re setting yourself up to for disaster.
We’ve all heard about the health risks of smoking and in more recent years of those associated with vaping. If that wasn’t enough, a new study out of Switzerland has discovered that a new type of “heat-not burn” cigarette emits some of the same toxic chemicals that are found in traditional cigarette smoke.
The experiment, conducted at the University of Bern, analyzed the chemical compounds and nicotine released in the smoke of Lucky Strike Blue light cigarettes and compared their findings to the contents of the I-Quit-Ordinary Smoking (IQOS) product from Philip Morris.
The research team found that like their predecessor, the “heat-not-burn” variety, or IQOS, releases cancer-causing chemicals such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
They also found that some of these chemicals were released in higher concentrations, which they believe is cause for sounding the alarm.
Rather than burning tobacco, a smokeless cigarette is heated and releases the same nicotine and taste of tobacco as a traditional cigarette.
Smoking manufacturer Philip Morris markets its new heated tobacco device as containing 90 per cent less toxins than cigarettes, but the study found that the gadget is still made up of 84 percent of nicotine found in conventional cigarettes.
Dr. Reto Auer, the study’s leading author, recommends that the use of “heat-not-burn” cigarettes be restricted considering that the long-term health effects of these products is not well documented yet.
“We need more studies to find out about the health consequences. Some of these chemicals may contribute to the high mortality rate of smokers,” says Auer.