IQOS system now available in stores across the UAE
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Marlboro producer Philip Morris International (PMI) has officially unveiled its smoke-free IQOS product in the UAE, and later the GCC.
The electronic device which PMI says is "potentially less harmful" than cigarettes, is designed to heat tobacco without burning it, and thereby releasing nicotine-containing vapour. According to the brand, IQOS features 90-95 per cent lower levels of toxicants compared to traditional cigarette smoke.
The IQOS devices and refills have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology also announced that it will now allow the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices here in the UAE.
You can read the full release below:
Philip Morris International (PMI), the global leader in scientifically substantiated smoke-free innovations, officially launched the IQOS 3 and IQOS 3 Multi heated-tobacco products in the UAE. Both products were made available in Dubai Duty Free earlier this year and will now be available from retailers across the country.
The UAE is the first state in the GCC to welcome sales of the company ’s breakthrough smoke-free products: providing adult smokers who do not want to quit with better alternatives to cigarettes. The latest milestone comes as part of PMI’s ongoing effort to create a better future for the more than one bi l l ion adult smokers around the world and the people who care for them.
Commenting on the announcement, Tarkan Demirbas, said: “We estimate that there are more than 9 million adult smokers in the GCC. The best thing that those people can do for their health is to quit, but most of them likely will not. We are excited to be in a position to provide them with a better alternative to continuing to smoke. The launch of IQOS 3 affirms our commitment to innovate technologically advanced and scientifically substantiated products that provide adult smokers with better choices -- satisfying products that present less risk of harm and 95% less harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.* Our dedication to the development of innovative tobacco and nicotine-containing products offers a modern solution to reducing the harm caused by smoking; ultimately to the benefit of society and public health. ”
A fundamental difference between cigarettes and IQOS devices is the absence of combustion. The IQOS 3 and IQOS 3 MULTI devices use a ceramic blade to heat tobacco to a precisely controlled temperature of approximately 350°C – below the point where combustion occurs. By heating tobacco instead of burning it, the product offers a cleaner way of enjoying tobacco with no smoke, no ash and less smell.
IQOS is the world-leading heated-tobacco product. In fact, approximately 8.0 million adult smokers** around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to IQOS. The new IQOS 3 has been driven by customer feedback to create a more sophisticated product, designed around consumers’ needs.
It evolved with improved design and functionality for those that want a more intuitive product. The innovative IQOS 3 boasts a smaller holder and charger and faster-charging capabilities than its predecessors, making it easier to use on the move; whereas the revolutionary IQOS 3 MULTI allows the consumer to enjoy consecutive tobacco sessions without recharging the device for 10 uses.
PMI has invested more than USD 6 billion in developing, evaluating and producing reduced risk alternatives to smoking and will continue to do so on its journey encourage existing smokers to switch if they will not quit. The company has set measurable targets and projects that by 2025 at least 40 million PMI cigarette smokers will have switched to PMI’ s smoke-free products.
Important information: It does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk. IQOS is not risk-free.
*Average reductions in levels of a broad range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette (3R4F).
**Source: Philip Morris International Inc. 2019 second-quarter results conference call, July 18, 2019. To be updated following 2019 third-quarter results.