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Gaceta Sanitaria

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PERUGA, Armando et al. Tobacco heated products: a new challenge in tobacco control. Gac Sanit [online]. 2022, vol.36, n.1, pp.57-59.  Epub 11-Abr-2022. ISSN 0213-9111.

As cigarette sales decline, the tobacco industry has turned to the sale of heated tobacco products (HTP), which are on the rise. We are concerned with reports erroneously indicating that heated tobacco is associated with a lower risk of cancer and other diseases than conventional cigarettes, citing as a source the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States. The FDA has indeed authorized the sale of an HTP, but denies that this approval is an endorsement of the product or that it is safe. Philip Morris asked the FDA to approve this product as a “modified risk” tobacco product. However, the Agency denied that the risk to users' health was less than conventional cigarettes, despite emitting less amount of some toxicants. Spain and the European Union should end the regulatory privileges that HTPs have until now. We identified at least five aspects to improve: 1) compliance with the prohibition of HTPs use where smoking is prohibited; 2) control of the prohibition of advertising, promotion, and sponsorship of HTPs; 3) that HTPs carry the same type of labeling as cigarettes; 4) limit that HTPs have characteristic aromas; and 5) treat HTPs fiscally at the same level as cigarettes.

Palavras-chave : Tobacco; IQOS; Reduced exposure; Modified risk; Health damage; Tobacco industry.

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