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Now tobacco smokers light up without burning it

MONICA KAYOMBO, Lusaka
THE recent decision by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorise the marketing of tobacco heating devices will contribute towards reducing of risks that smokers face.
The tobacco heating device heats up tobacco using a battery-powered heating system, rather than burning it.
This significantly reduces the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.
Studies have shown that switching completely from conventional cigarettes to the tobacco heating system significantly reduces the body’s exposure to harmful chemicals.
Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) describes the decision by FDA to approve the marketing of tobacco heating system devices as modified risk tobacco products (MRTPs) as a positive move for tobacco products in the sub-sector in the country.
ZAM chief executive officer Florence Muleya says for the manufacturing sector, such an innovation gives hope for the tobacco business.
“Such an innovation will work to ensure that the triple bottom line of sustainability – social, environmental and economic aspects in business – is achieved. The innovation will ensure that the tobacco business proceeds in a manner that has less impact on the people and the environment,” Ms Muleya said.
She said the tobacco industry as a whole will benefit from the development.
Ms Muleya says the approval by FDA to market tobacco heating devices is a good gesture to help meet the controls as adopted by CLICK TO READ MORE



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