NEW YORK, United States – April 30, 2019 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today confirmed that IQOS, Philip Morris International’s electrically heated tobacco system, is appropriate for the protection of public health and has authorized it for sale in the United States. FDA’s decision follows its comprehensive assessment of PMI’s premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) filed with the Agency in 2017.
Unlike cigarettes, the IQOS system heats — but does not burn — tobacco. It is the first electrically heated tobacco product to qualify for sale in the U.S. pursuant to the 2009 law that empowers FDA to regulate tobacco products, including through oversight of innovative products.
PMFTC Inc., the local affiliate of PMI in the Philippines, said while this certainly is good news, we continue to evaluate market and regulatory conditions for the introduction of IQOS in the Philippines.
“Our initial research tells us that 6 out of 10 Filipino smokers are already open to trying better alternatives to smoking. The US FDA authorization as well as our research are encouraging indicators for us to work hard to be able to offer IQOS to Filipino consumers,” said Patrick Muttart, PMFTC external affairs and communications director.
Commenting on the FDA’s announcement, André Calantzopoulos, PMI’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“The FDA’s decision to authorize IQOS in the U.S. is an important step forward for the approximately 40 million American men and women who smoke. Some will quit. Most won’t, and for them IQOS offers a smoke-free alternative to continued smoking. In just two years, 7.3 million people around the world have abandoned cigarettes and switched completely to IQOS. Today’s decision by FDA makes this opportunity available to American adult smokers. All of us at PMI are determined to replace cigarettes with smoke-free alternatives that combine sophisticated technology and intensive scientific validation. FDA’s announcement is a historic milestone.”
He added, “The order sets out clear commercialization guidelines, including marketing requirements, that maximize the opportunity for adults to switch from cigarettes, while minimizing unintended use. We fully support this objective. FDA has set a high standard and we look forward to working with them to implement the order so that IQOS is reaching the right audience—current adult smokers.
PMI will bring IQOS to the U.S. market through an exclusive license with Altria Group, Inc., whose subsidiary Philip Morris USA has the market expertise and infrastructure to ensure a successful launch. PM USA is ready to deploy its initial lead market plans for IQOS.
PMI submitted a comprehensive body of scientific evidence in support of the PMTAs and of the parallel applications for IQOS as a “Modified Risk Tobacco Product”, which FDA continues to review.