Best way to Quit Smoking

New research shows that the "heat-not-burn" cigarette, which is a new kind of cigarette, has some of the same cancer-causing chemicals as regular cigarettes. Read below to know the best way to quit smoking.

Smoke from traditional cigarettes and smoke from the new devices were both analysed for chemical constituents and nicotine by the researchers. Disposable tobacco sticks will be heated in the new gadgets, which will provide the flavour of tobacco without the smoke or ash.

"Heat-not-burn" cigarettes contain 84% of the nicotine found in regular cigarettes, according to a research in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, which was published earlier this year. Tobacco smoke from heat-not-burn cigarettes also included carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Researchers were surprised to find that heat-not-burn cigarettes "produced numerous of these substances in substantially larger proportions than typical cigarettes," according to the study's lead author, Dr. Reto Auer, who works at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Research conducted by Auer and colleagues used a smoking equipment designed to collect vapours from both conventional and alternative tobacco devices, including Lucky Strike Blue Lights. They set out to compare the amount of chemicals emitted by heat-not-burn cigarettes to those released by ordinary cigarettes.

There was an investigation into what was included in Philip Morris International's IQOS (I Quit Ordinary Smoking) product. Tobacco products such as regular Marlboro HeatSticks and Heets were also included in the kit.

Despite the fact that further study is needed to determine the long-term health effects of smoking heat-not-burn cigarettes, Auer believes that people should be banned from using them until more is known about their long-term ramifications.

Tobacco heating devices should be subject to the same indoor smoking rules as regular cigarettes, say the authors based on their findings and study. Bystanders would be shielded from breathing the toxic gases.

An editor's comment sent by Dr. Mitchell Katz, deputy editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, said that new tobacco products might jeopardise progress in the fight against second-hand smoking damage. This is because, as noted in the editor's note, current restrictions may not apply to heat-not-burn cigarettes.