Heated Tobacco Products Need to Be Included in Tobacco Control Laws

March 13, 2024

All tobacco products, including heated tobacco products, are unsafe. Heated tobacco products involve heating rather than burning the tobacco leaf, which is why the tobacco industry refers to them as “heat-not-burn” or non-combustible cigarettes. These products differ from e-cigarettes which heat a liquid. Heated tobacco products come in different shapes and sizes and may resemble cigarettes. Federally, heated tobacco products meet the definition of a cigarette and as a result are required to be taxed as cigarettes, display cigarette specific warning statements, and can only be sold in menthol or tobacco flavors.