Nicotine pharmacokinetic profiles of the Tobacco Heating System 2.2, cigarettes and nicotine gum in Japanese smokers

Authored by  Patrick Brossard, R Weitkunat, V Poux, N Lama, C Haziza, P Picavet, G Baker, F L├╝dicke

Published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology     Volume 89, 193-199


Two open-label randomized cross-over studies in Japanese smokers investigated the single-use nicotine pharmacokinetic profile of the Tobacco Heating System (THS) 2.2 with that of cigarettes (CC) and nicotine replacement therapy (Gum).

In each study, one on the regular and one on the menthol variants of the THS and CC, both using Gum as reference, 62 subjects were randomized to four sequences: Sequence 1: THS - CC (n = 22); Sequence 2: CC – THS (n = 22); Sequence 3: THS – Gum (n = 9); Sequence 4: Gum – THS (n = 9). Plasma nicotine concentrations were measured in 16 blood samples collected over 24 h after single use.

Maximal nicotine concentration (Cmax) and area under the curve from start of product use to time of last quantifiable concentration (AUC0-last) were similar between THS and CC in both studies, with ratios varying from 88 to 104% for Cmax and from 96 to 98% for AUC0-last. Urge-to-smoke total scores were comparable between THS and CC.

The THS nicotine pharmacokinetic profile was close to CC, with similar levels of urge-to-smoke. This suggests that THS can satisfy smokers and be a viable alternative to cigarettes for adult smokers who want to continue using tobacco.