Heat-Not-Burn: Vaping or Smoking?
A common question we are asked is ‘What is HnB? Is it vaping? Is it smoking?’
Is HnB Vaping or Smoking?
HnB is not vaping or smoking.
Vaping: HnB does share some similarities to vaping;
- Both vaping and HnB are classified as ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems)
- Both contain glycerin
- Both create vapor when heated
But HnB is not vaping. Vaping uses liquidized nicotine compounds, called e-liquids or e-juice, which are inserted into heating chamber and heated. HnB does not use e-liquid. Rather HnB heats real tobacco. The reason why the tobacco creates vapor is because it is soaked in glycerin. It’s the glycerin that creates vapor when heated.
Smoking: HnB is also shares similarities to traditional smoking;
- Both contain real tobacco leaves
- HnB HeatStick looks and feels like a traditional cigarette
But HnB is not smoking. Even though both smoking and HnB use real tobacco, smoking needs to burn the tobacco, whereas HnB only heats it.
Even though there are similarities between HnB and vaping or HnB and smoking, the science behind all of them are completely different. This means that HnB is kind of in it’s own unique category.
Think of HnB as a combination of smoking and vaping.