IQOS print magazine advertising characteristics and reach before and after FDA authorisation as a modified risk tobacco product

Ollie Ganz, Andrew A. Strasser, Daniel P. Giovenco, Janet Audrain-Mcgovern, Joseph N. Cappella, Zeinab Safi, Andy S.L. Tan, Eugene M. Talbot, Cristine D. Delnevo

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Introduction: IQOS is a heated tobacco product that was authorised as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) in July 2020. While it was removed from the US market in 2021 for legal reasons, as the first tobacco product to receive an € exposure modification' MRTP order, surveillance of IQOS marketing is needed to inform regulation and policy for future MRTPs. The purpose of this study is to expand the current research on IQOS advertising in the USA by examining content and readership characteristics of IQOS ads in print magazines before and after US Food and Drug Administration MRTP authorisation. Methods: We merged content analysis data with Kantar Media data on magazine placement and expenditures. Magazine readership data were obtained from MRI-Simmons. We compared data from pre-MRTP authorisation with data post-MRTP authorisation. This study was conducted in 2021. Results: There was one unique ad and there were 13 observations pre-MRTP, and eight unique ads and 132 observations post-MRTP. Compared with pre-MRTP ads, more post-MRTP ads featured Marlboro HeatSticks, including Amber HeatSticks, and featured people. All ads contained a warning label - most warning labels were cigarette specific. IQOS ads were featured in magazines that are especially popular among women. Conclusions: After receiving MRTP authorisation, IQOS increased ad expenditures in print magazines with a readership comprised of primarily women. If IQOS returns to the US market, it will be important for tobacco control to monitor their advertisement content, placement, and expenditures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbertc-2022-057741
JournalTobacco Control
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Harm Reduction
  • Non-cigarette tobacco products


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