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IQOS – quick beginner’s guide

1. REMOVE THE IQOS HOLDER FROM THE POCKET CHARGER AND INSERT THE TOBACCO STICK UP TO THE SILVER LINE, TOBACCO SIDE DOWN.

 

2. HOLD BUTTON DOWN UNTIL LED STARTS FLASHING. WHEN THE LED TURNS SOLID GREEN IT IS READY TO USE

 

 

3. WHEN FINISHED, PULL THE CAP AWAY FROM THE POWER BUTTON.

 

 

4. REMOVE THE TOBACCO STICK AND SLIDE THE CAP BACK INTO PLACE UNTIL YOU HEAR A CLICK.
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IQOS – 90% less harmful than cigarettes.

Polish scientists have checked the harmfulness of hybrid cigarettes.

In a study that lasted for a good 12 months, the harmfulness of smoke from traditional cigarettes was compared to the one emitted by the hybrid, electronic-tobacco IQOS system. This was the first such experiment in the world.

Nobody has any doubts that smoking is harmful to health. This is recalled by quite drastic photos and messages on cigarette packs, and even tobacco companies are looking for a way back from their traditional products.

They, however, do not want to give up tobacco in favor of increasingly popular e-cigarettes, although heating up and taking on steam is considered safer and less harmful (and studies showing something else by e-cig fans are quickly cited as sponsored by the producers of ordinary cigarettes).

Philip Morris, one of the largest tobacco concerns in the world, at the cost of “many billions of dollars” created a hybrid cigarette – even though it uses tobacco, it is not burned, but heated, just as it is the case of e-cigarettes.

They were examined by scientists from the Institute of Experimental Biology of M. Nencki of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Research has shown that reducing harmful or potentially harmful substances through heating instead of burning tobacco is an encouraging approach to reducing the mitochondrial stress in the cell associated with smoking tobacco.

The results show that using a hybrid cigarette is less harmful than smoking traditional tobacco – which does not mean that it has no negative impact on the body. This is one of the illustrations attached to the experiment summary:

In summary of the study, we can read:

Smoke from the burned tobacco contains many toxic compounds that can accumulate in the mitochondria and interfere with the mitochondrial breathing function, thus affecting the production of cellular energy. Abnormal functioning of mitochondria can cause cell damage and lead to many diseases not only of the respiratory system. Mitochondria are considered as energy generators for cells and have a key function for the healthy functioning of the body. Defects in the functioning of mitochondria may be the primary and early causes of dysfunctions of: nervous system, myocardium, skeletal muscles, retina, or endocrine system, ie those tissues and organs that require a large amount of energy for their proper functioning.

Disclaimer: The research began in 2016 and lasted for 12 months – funds for its implementation came from the Philip Morris International grant.

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IQOS – how I Quit Ordinary Smoking

The first time I tried iQOS was when my cousin was visiting. She and her husband were heavy smokers, but recently they switched to this new system of nicotine inhaling. At first, I reacted with a laugh, after I saw the Heetstick – it was the size of 1/3 of the real cigarette – it looked ridiculous.

I was offered a few drags, I tried it – and had very mixed feelings. On one hand, the mint flavour was strong and fresh, but it was missing “something” from the “real deal” – the smoke. But then they persuaded me to keep trying (there is even an option to rent the iQOS device for free for two weeks) – as there is no smoker’s cough, better stamina when running or doing gym exercises, the clothes do not smell and I don’t have to go outside the house for a smoke (especially cool in winter). I gave it a try – and for the first week, I used to smoke the real ciggies and Heets mixed. I didn’t believe I would stick through the testing time and I thought, I would just return it and forget it.

 

But, in the second week, I smoked less and less cigarettes and more and more iQOS Heetsticks, gradually. By the end of the second week, when I tried the cigarette in the morning, I didn’t even finish it – it tasted horribly. I am quite sure I will never smoke the “analog” cigarettes, as I call them now.

The maintenance of the device – another thing I initially laughed off. With cigarettes, it’s very simple – no maintenance at all. With iQOS – I need to remember to charge the case every 20 Heets or so (around every 2 days for me, as I use around 1 pack every two days) and cleaning the holder – with the alcohol sticks and the brush cleaner – at first it was a chore, but now I do it once a week and the vape is always tasty and flavorful – I just got used to it and this “ritual” takes about 5 mins once a week – I can live with that – as my skin, lungs, heart and other internal organs thank me – for not inhaling the smoke and all carcinogens that  we absorb into our bodies when smoking cigarettes.

All in all – I am very happy with the iQOS system, even though at first I was skeptical, because of the cleaning, shortness of the sticks and the whole “maintenance” aspect. In reality – it’s totally worth to give it a try.

 

Below, you can see a short video review of a British blogger.

 

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What is a Heat Not Burn Cigarette and can it help You quit smoking?

The Next Big Trend in vaping is actually a very old idea: cigarettes that heat tobacco to produce an aerosol that can be inhaled, but never reach the point of combustion, therefore avoiding that sketchy part of smoking where you light something on fire and suck the smoke into your lungs.

How is that any different than the e-cigarettes we’ve come to know and love/hate? Because heat-not-burn cigs contain tobacco, not just flavored liquid nicotine, so it’s much closer to the experience of smoking a regular cigarette, just without the smoke, smokey smell, and (hopefully) all the carcinogens. Not bad if your New Year’s resolution is to kick smoking. Although as with all too-good things, there are caveats.

iQOS concept images from Philip Morris

Right now, Philip Morris, of Marlboro fame, has introduced Marlboro Heets – available in four different flavours.

The HeatStick, which looks like a regular cigarette, is heated inside a battery-powered, pen-like device called iQOS (pronounced “eye-coze”). The sticks are heated to a point just below combustion—so up to 660 degrees F—which produces a nicotine-infused vapor that you inhale through a mouthpiece. The holder can heat about 20 sticks per charge.

Each cig lasts about five minutes, then you let it cool down and throw it out. It emits just whimper of smoke, and also doesn’t cause that telltale smoker smell.

Indeed, big tobacco firms—which realized as early as the freaking 50s that cigarettes were killing us—have been developing technology to strip out the combustion part of the equation for decades. Now, the cigarette makers are hoping that vaping’s explosive popularity and an increasingly anti-smoking public opinion is a sign the time is ripe to give it another go.

As of now, barring further research, the general consensus about heat-not-burn “cigarettes” is similar to vaping products: It stands to reason that notburning the tobacco is less bad for you than burning it, but it’s maybe probably still bad for you. How much less – we’re not sure. Is there some unknown consequence that’s just as dangerous as smoking butts? Maybe. Is there a public health impact associated with products that encourage the habit at all, and potentially get a new generation hooked on nicotine? Sure. On the other hand, if a new product can get people to quit that otherwise would stay addicted, that’s hard to argue with.