Leading the growth of a new category
Vapour products are handheld, battery-powered devices that heat a liquid (called an e-liquid) to produce an inhalable aerosol, commonly known as vapour.
Vapour products can be either open or closed systems. Open systems offer a customised vaping experience – using a refillable tank. Closed systems work with disposable, pre-filled cartridges,offering greater convenience.
Under our flagship global Vuse brand, our vapour products play a major role in providing smokers with a reduced risk*† alternative to cigarettes. We will continue to invest and innovate to deliver even greater choice and satisfaction for our consumers.
As vapour products do not contain tobacco and do not involve combustion, the vapour contains substantially fewer and lower levels of the toxicants found in cigarette smoke.*†
The scientific evidence
Organisations, such as Public Health England (PHE)**, are clear that vaping is likely to be much less risky than smoking traditional cigarettes when used as a complete substitute for continued cigarette smoking. Further evidence continues to emerge globally about the role of vapour products as a reduced-risk*† alternative.
In 2022, we conducted a first-of-its-kind study of Vuse, designed to assess and provide insights into the real-world health impact of vaping. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of biomarkers and physiological measures from Vuse consumers who have been using the product for over six months with the results from smokers, former smokers and never smokers. Protocol details explaining the innovative design of the latest study were published in the Journal of Health and Environmental
The cross-sectional study design uses a single set of data readings to measure biomarkers of exposure to certain toxicants and biomarkers of potential harm relevant to smoking-related diseases. What makes the study particularly relevant is that the samples, taken at a single time point, provide a snapshot of data that reflects the ‘lived experience’ of the adults in the study; whether using Vuse, smoking or having quit smoking. The participants had been using a product they had chosen in the way they wanted. The results will provide important new insights and show us the differences between Vuse consumers, smokers, former and never smokers across a range of important biomarkers thought to be linked to the development of diseases. Results from the completed study will be published in due course.
* Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from cigarette smoking. These products are not risk free and are addictive.
† Our Vapour product Vuse (including Alto, Solo, Ciro and Vibe), and certain products, including Velo, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Camel Snus, which are sold in the U.S., are subject to FDA regulation and no reduced-risk claims will be made as to these products without agency clearance.
1 Ebajemito JK, McEwan M, Gale N, et al. (2020). A randomised controlled single-centre open-label pharmacokinetic study to examine various approaches of nicotine delivery using electronic cigarettes. Sci Rep 2020; 10: 19980. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76610-4
2 Menthol variants accounted for approximately 75% of total Vuse consumables in 2022
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