Leading the growth of a new category
We launched our first vapour product – a Vype e-cigarette – in 2013 and today we are one of the world’s leading vapour companies.
Vapour products are rechargeable, battery-powered devices that heat liquid formulations – e-liquids – to create a vapour which is inhaled.
Most vapour products are based on ‘coil and wick’ technology. The coil – also known as an atomiser – heats a cotton wick which conveys the liquid, producing a vapour that is inhaled.
In December 2018, in the UK, we unveiled the Vype iSwitch and Vype iSwitch Maxx, which use world-first Puretech blade technology. This involves using an ultra-slim stainless-steel blade, rather than coil and wick, to heat e-liquid and create vapour.
Because vapour products don’t burn tobacco, the vapour contains substantially lower levels of the toxicants found in the smoke produced when tobacco is burned. This provides one indication that vapour products have potential reduced-risk properties when compared with conventional cigarettes.
Generally, vapour products are either closed or open systems. Closed systems feature a closed cartridge containing e-liquid. Vapers insert replacement cartridges to continue using the device. Open systems enable the vaper to refill the e-liquid and mix flavours to their taste.
Most e-liquids contain water, propylene glycol and glycerol, flavourings and nicotine, although some e-liquids don’t contain any nicotine.
Following our acquisition of Reynolds American Inc. in 2017, we are now one of the world’s leading vapour companies. Vype, our flagship vapour brand, is now present in most major vaping markets including the UK. We also own leading brands in the UK (Ten Motives) and Poland (Chic). We further enhanced our vapour products portfolio in 2017 with the acquisition of the VIP brand.
We launched our first Vype product in 2013 and today our range provides a choice of closed and open systems to meet vapers’ varied preferences.
In the US, the R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company – a Reynolds American Inc. operating company – was formed in 2012 and started selling Vuse digital vapour products in 2013. The Vuse range includes the Vuse Alto, a closed system that uses a cartridge to deliver vapour, Vuse Solo, which uses a vapour delivery processor to ensure consistent performance, and Vuse Vibe, a simple and intuitive tank device.
By December 2019, our vapour products were present in a total of 27 markets as we continued to roll out to new markets and we were the leading vapour company in the key European markets.
In November 2019, we announced that we are creating three global brands for our New Category product portfolio, with our vapour products moving to Vuse. This brand consolidation is set to be complete, on a phased basis, by the first half of 2021
* Our vapour product Vuse, as sold in the US, is subject to FDA regulation and no reduced-risk claims will be made as to this product without agency clearance.