FILE PHOTO: Philip Morris new IQOS 3 devices are displayed during a news conference by its International’s CEO Andre Calantzopoulos in Tokyo, Japan, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it would permit Philip Morris to sell its IQOS tobacco heating system in the United States.
Following a rigorous science-based review, the agency determined that authorizing the device for the U.S. market is appropriate for the protection of the public health because it produces fewer or lower levels of some toxins than combustible cigarettes, the FDA said in a statement.
Reporting by Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli