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Comment & Response
November 2017

Perplexing Conclusions Concerning Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Cigarettes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  • 2Centre for Smoking Prevention and Cessation, Teaching Hospital “Policlinico-V. Emanuele”, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(11):1699. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.5843

To the Editor We read with great interest the Research Letter in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine by Auer et al1 showing the presence of volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide in the emissions of a tobacco heating product (THP) recently marketed by Philip Morris International (PMI).

These findings differ significantly from those presented by PMI as well as by PMI’s competitors,2-4 and Auer et al1 argue that this information should come from independent research rather than from manufacturers.