With the emergence of heated tobacco products (HTPs) in the next generation of nicotine products, there is a need to ensure that these products are safe to go to market. This is primarily to protect the end-user but also to comply with existing and forthcoming regulation. We are currently developing robust analytical methods to enable us to test HTPs to match imminent demand.

But what are HTPs? And what does testing them entail?


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What is a HTP (Heated Tobacco Product)?

CORESTA (Cooperation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco) define HTPs as:

A product containing a tobacco substrate that is designed to be heated and not combusted by a separate source (e.g. electrical, aerosol, carbon) to produce a nicotine-containing aerosol.

Hall Analytical are proud members of CORESTA working groups—tasked with finding solutions to some of the analytical issues that arise from HTP testing.

Main Categories

HTPs can be broken down into 3 main sub-categories:

  1. eHTP (electronically heated tobacco products): The tobacco substrate is heated with an electrical tobacco heating device (THD) which applies indirect resistive or inductive heating of the tobacco
  2. aHTP (aerosol heated tobacco products): The THD produces an aerosol from an e-liquid based consumable that heats the tobacco substrate.
  3. cHTP (carbon heated tobacco products): The tobacco is heated indirectly by smouldering carbon and in all cases, little or no combustion of the tobacco takes place.

Some water pipes and loose-leaf tobacco products may also be considered HTPs but are sufficiently different to warrant their own categories.

Testing HTPs

With these definitions in mind, HTPs should be considered as separate to traditional combustible tobacco products (such as cigarettes) and ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) that solely contain e-liquid. As such, industry-standard methods for combustibles and ENDS need to be modified/developed specifically for these types of product. This includes both aerosol collection and analytical methodology and we are currently working on developing and validating methods to support the testing of these products.

If you require HTP testing, then talk to our team. We have a long history of testing products of all kinds and successfully passing regulatory submissions.

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