(CBS) – Philip Morris International has signaled it may one day phase out traditional cigarettes as it develops an alternative that heats tobacco but doesn’t burn it.
Consumers still ingest nicotine with the test-marketed “heated tobacco” products, but supposedly they get less toxins.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny And Dry For Several Days To Come
The head of Switzerland-based PMI, Andre Calantzopolous, talked with the BBC in a story published this week. He is quoted as saying he’d like to work with governments to phase out conventional smokes in favor of products that are less harmful.READ MORE: Woman Carjacked In Fulton River District Jewel-Osco Parking Lot, In Yet Another Incident Involving Pulling Over After A Fender Bender
Consumers load tobacco sticks into charged holders that heat up the tobacco. It’s a different system than e-cigarette “vaping” systems, the BBC reports.
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