Cellular impact of ‘Heat not Burn’ products may be no less harmful than cigarettes


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The impact on lung cells of Heat not Burn products — a hybrid between traditional cigarettes and electronic vaping devices — may be no less harmful than that of conventional cigarettes, suggest the findings of a small comparative study, published online in the journal Thorax.

Heat not burn products contain nicotine and tobacco, but have been marketed by the tobacco industry as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes on the grounds that they don’t produce specific harmful chemicals that are released when tobacco burns.



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