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Is IQOS Heated Technology a Vape?

Is IQOS heated technology a Vape?

Is IQOS heated technology a Vape?

We’ve heard this question time and time again – is IQOS 3 DUO a vape?

The answer? While both options are smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes for adult smokers – no, IQOS 3 DUO is not a vape!

What are the differences between IQOS heated technology and Vaping?

Here are all the important differences between IQOS heated technology vs vape.

1. Technology

IQOS is part of a category of products called heated tobacco. These products utilise innovative tobacco heating systems, such as IQOS’s HeatControl™ to heat tobacco instead of burning it. In comparison, vapes – also called e-cigarettes - work by heating and then vaporizing an e-liquid, or vaping liquid.

2. Tobacco

IQOS utilises tobacco made of real tobacco leaves that are harvested, and then specially prepared and compressed into tobacco sticks. The precise heating of these tobacco sticks works to deliver tobacco flavour, and at the same time, does not burn tobacco. Tobacco Sticks are not risk free. They contain nicotine and are addictive because it is naturally occurring in tobacco. On the other hand, vapes do not utilise real tobacco; instead, they utilise a vaping liquid available in a variety of flavours at specialty vape shops. Vaping liquids come with or without nicotine.

3. Experience

IQOS heated technology delivers an experience that is similar to smoking. IQOS provides real tobacco taste. Tobacco sticks are designed to last around 14 puffs, which is around the same amount of time as a cigarette. Vapes, however, offer a completely new experience that is different from smoking, due to the usage of vaping liquids.

4. Product variety

Currently there are two different IQOS heated tobacco devices to choose from – such as, IQOS 3 DUO and IQOS 3 MULTI. The IQOS 3 DUO device has a separate holder and charger, while the IQOS 3 MULTI has those components integrated as an all-in-one device. These different options allow IQOS adult users to select what best suits their lifestyle.

IQOS is Not a Vape

IQOS is not a vape, but IQOS is a better alternative to smoking cigarettes. It is known that the majority of harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke comes from burning tobacco.

Unlike cigarettes, IQOS does not burn tobacco and therefore produces no smoke. Switching completely to IQOS is less harmful than continuing to smoke. IQOS emits on average 95% lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.* Important information: IQOS is not risk-free. It delivers nicotine, which is addictive. Compare all IQOS devices.

* "95% less" represents the average reductions in levels of a range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette (3R4F). It does not necrssarily equal a 95% reduction in risk. See Important Information on

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