Discover the science and innovation behind PMI's creation of  less harmful alternatives to cigarettes
Science and innovation

Creating Less Harmful Alternatives to Cigarettes

We’ve developed breakthrough products for smokers

A cigarette burns (combusts) shredded tobacco leaves to generate smoke. That smoke contains nicotine, which occurs naturally in tobacco, as well as many harmful chemicals. It is these harmful chemicals – not the nicotine – in cigarette smoke that are the primary cause of smoking-related diseases. 

We are developing alternative products to cigarettes – products without the smoke but with the nicotine and taste that can satisfy existing smokers. We’ve focused on two ways to do that, both of which eliminate the burning (combustion) of tobacco. The first is to heat tobacco to generate a flavorful nicotine-containing vapor while significantly reducing the levels of harmful chemicals in the vapor. The other way is to produce a nicotine-containing vapor (without using tobacco), which is satisfying to smokers. 

Our new product portfolio features a range of nicotine-containing products without the smoke. And this is just the beginning.

Do you publish your research results?Know more

Yes. We have published key findings from our research in over 170 peer-reviewed publications since 2011, and our scientists have presented their research at leading scientific conferences around the world.

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