Move over e-cigarette because there's a new popular alternative to smoking
Who knows, it could be the stepping stone in you giving up for good.
There's a new device that looks similar to the e-cigarette but is beginning to prove more popular than what we have been used to in Ireland.
The heat-not-burn device or HNB has become the new alternative to cigarettes and experts are saying that it is about to explode in popularity.
HNB devices work by gently heating the tobacco to 260 degrees celsius temperature which in turn, creates a tobacco like vapour which is the result of heating tobacco rather than burning it, where temperatures reach around 600-800 degrees celsius.
According to Dr John Ayers, an associate research professor at the San Diego State University, they are becoming more popular because they appeal to smokers who are quitting but still demand the 'throat-hit' sensation which is delivered by a regular cigarette but not by most e-cigarettes.
A study by Ayers and his team discovered that although HNB devices are currently only available to buy in a handful of places around the world, their findings showed a huge surge in demand for the heat-not-burn devices – rising by 2,956% in two years from 2015 to 2017.
The study’s co-author, Professor Mark Dredze from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said: Heat-not-burn products have quickly become insanely popular.
“This [study] suggests that as heat-not-burn tobacco is introduced in new markets, its popularity may even eclipse e-cigarettes.”
However, it has been proven to contain nicotine which is an addictive substance and the HNB devices are not completely risk-free, much like the e-cigarette.
Furthermore, Dr Reto Auer, of the University of Bern, said not enough is yet known about smoking heat-not-burn cigarettes and their use should be restricted in the meantime.
In his study on HNB devices, harmful chemicals were present and he said that more studies were needed to find out if they were safe for use.
"We need more studies to find out about the health consequences. Some of these chemicals may contribute to the high mortality rate of smokers," he said.