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Heated Tobacco Products

The basic idea of heating rather than burning tobacco isn’t new. The challenge has been to invent – and scientifically verify – a heated tobacco product that smokers find satisfying enough to abandon cigarettes.

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All about Heated Tobacco

Recently, heated tobacco has become very successful in several countries such as Japan. But here in the UK, few smokers know about these products.

Cigarettes burn. Heated tobacco doesn’t. Without burning, there is no smoke. Instead, there’s a nicotine-containing aerosol that has much lower amounts of harmful chemicals than in cigarette smoke.

Heated tobacco products are not risk free. They deliver nicotine and are addictive. They’re only for adults who smoke – not former smokers or for people who have never smoked..

Next Steps

Where to find more help and advice

Whatever the method, what matters most is quitting. An excellent resource is the National Health Service website, which provides information and support to help people stop smoking:

There is an NHS Stop Smoking Service: They have trained advisers as well as one-to-one and group counselling.

The NHS online chat is

The NHS Facebook page at

Many smartphone apps are available including the Stoptober app you can download from Help is also available from public organisations and charities.

If you prefer to talk to a trained adviser on the phone, then there are free helplines for anyone in mainland UK:

  • In England, call the National Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044
  • In Scotland, call the Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84
  • In Wales, call the Help Me Quit Wales Helpline on 0800 085 2219