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Heat-not-burn tobacco 'is a health risk'

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Health Desk: Dec 13, 2017— The UK Experts said, "Heat-not-burn" tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes.

The devices produce "a number of compounds of concern", including some that can cause cancer, the advisory panel to the government said.

Manufacturers say their products are aimed at smokers who want the "taste of tobacco with no smoke and less smell".

The panel was concerned that young non-smokers might start using the products.

There were also worries that the products could lead people to take up smoking cigarettes.

The Committee on Toxicity (Cot) looked at the available evidence about the risks of two heat-not-burn products that have recently gone on sale in the UK - IQOS and iFuse.

The devices heat tobacco to a high enough temperature to create a vapour but not smoke.

They are different to e-cigarettes, which vaporise a liquid containing nicotine - the highly addictive compound in tobacco smoke.

The committee found that people using heat-not-burn products are exposed to between 50% to 90% fewer "harmful and potentially harmful" compounds compared with conventional cigarettes.


Courtesy: BBC Health