Glossary

  1. A

    • Aerosol

      An aerosol is a suspension of fine solid particles and/or liquid droplets in a gas (usually air). 

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    • Alternatives to smoking

      Our smoke-free products produce an aerosol that is not smoke, but have the nicotine and taste that can satisfy adult smokers.
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  2. C

    • Carbon heat source

      Our heat-not-burn product, TEEPS, has a pressed-carbon tip at the end.

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    • Cigarette

      A cigarette is a thin cylinder made out of tobacco, ingredients, and nontobacco materials.
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    • Combustion

      Combustion is the process of burning a substance in oxygen, producing heat and often light.
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  3. E

    • E-cigarettes

      E-cigarettes, also called electronic cigarettes, are a popular smoke-free category of products without tobacco
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    • Electronic heating blade

      We use a ceramic sensor blade inside of the earlier versions of the IQOS blade holder (IQOS, IQOS 2.4, IQOS 2.4+, IQOS 3, IQOS 3 Duo, and IQOS 3 Multi).
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    • E-liquid

      E-liquid refers to a liquid solution used in e-cigarettes.
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  4. H

    • Harm reduction equation

      The harm reduction equation describes the criteria for making a significant impact on public health by converting the greatest number of existing adult smokers to less harmful alternatives to smoking
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    • Heat-not-burn

      Heat-not-burn products, also known as heated tobacco products, only heat tobacco.
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    • HEETS and HeatSticks

      HEETS, also known as HeatSticks in some markets, are specially designed heated tobacco units intended for exclusive use with IQOS blade heated tobacco device (IQOS, IQOS 2.4, IQOS 2.4+, IQOS 3, IQOS 3 Duo, and IQOS 3 Multi).
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    • HPHCs

      HPHCs is the abbreviation for Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents, and is the term used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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  5. G

    • Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

      Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are our regulations and measurable standards that must be met by all who grow and supply tobacco to PMI.
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  6. I

    • Illicit cigarette trade

      Cigarettes are among the most illegally trafficked goods in the world.
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    • Independent Scientific Verification

      We are committed to the highest standards for the scientific assessment and substantiation for our reduced-risk products (RRPs) and welcome independent verification of the scientific data we have generated on them.
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    • IQOS

      IQOS is our brand of innovative smoke-free products, including heated tobacco and e-vapor products.
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    • IQOS VEEV

      IQOS VEEV is our next-generation e-vapor product that uses a new approach to vapor generation.
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  7. N

    • Nicotine

      Nicotine is a naturally occurring chemical in the tobacco plant, and is one of the reasons why people smoke cigarettes.
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  8. S

    • Scientific assessment program

      Our scientific assessment program is a comprehensive set of studies to determine the risk profile a product presents in comparison to cigarette smoking.
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    • Smoke-free products

      Our smoke-free products do not burn tobacco. Yet they deliver the nicotine and taste in the form of an aerosol that can satisfy existing adult smokers.
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    • Smoking-related diseases

      Cigarette smoking is addictive and can cause certain diseases such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and emphysema.
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    • STEEM

      STEEM is a tobacco-free product currently under development.
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  9. R

    • Reduced-Risk Products (RRPs)

      We use the term reduced-risk products (RRPs) to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to those products versus continued smoking.
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  10. T

    • TEEPS

      TEEPS is one of our heated tobacco products. It is carbon-heated and has a look and feel comparable to a cigarette, but it is not a cigarette.
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    • TEREA SMARTCORE STICKSTM

      TEREA SMARTCORE STICKSTM are specially designed heated tobacco units intended for exclusive use with the IQOS ILUMA induction heated tobacco device.
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    • Tobacco

      Tobacco is a green, leafy plant that typically grows in warm climates, and is the core component of many of our products.
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    • Tobacco curing

      Curing is the term used for drying tobacco, and is performed after harvesting the leaves from the field.
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    • Tobacco Heating System (THS)

      Our Tobacco Heating System (THS) does not burn tobacco.
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    • Tobacco-free products

      Our tobacco-free products contain nicotine but not tobacco leaves.
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  11. V

    • Vaping

      Vaping typically describes the use of an e-cigarette.
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    • Vapor

      Consumers commonly use the term vapor to refer to the aerosol generated from a smoke-free product.
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