FDA authorization for IQOS
What is FDA?
The FDA or Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments.
Besides its correlation with the tobacco products, the organization is also responsible for the safety of food, medicine, cosmetics, etc. The FDA is regulated by legislative acts (the "Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act").
What does FDA’s authorization on IQOS means?
FDA authorized IQOS to be marketed in the US as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), with a reduced exposure claim. IQOS is the first and only tobacco heating system that has completed the US FDA Modified Risk Tobacco Product application process and received such status. The FDA’s decisions show that IQOS is a fundamentally different product compared to cigarettes.
IQOS is an innovative alternative to tobacco consumption based on a heating process without fire, smoke or ash. When smoking cigarettes, the tobacco burns at temperatures over 800 ° C, creating smoke and ash. Unlike cigarettes, IQOS heats tobacco up to 350 ° C, ensuring the real taste of tobacco, but not burning. When consuming IQOS, the level of harmful and potentially harmful substances in tobacco vapor is reduced by an average of 95%, compared to the smoke emitted from smoking a cigarette *.
Important information: IQOS is not risk-free. It delivers nicotine, which is addictive. Only for people aged 21 and above.
*Source: PMI 3month reduced exposure studies conducted in Japan and the US in near real world conditions. These studies measured exposure to 15 harmful chemicals, and compared to the levels observed in smokers who switched to IQOS with levels
measured in smokers who continued to smoke cigarettes.