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Philip Morris patents ‘harm reduction’ electronic waterpipe
  1. Mohammed Jawad1,
  2. Alan Shihadeh2,
  3. Rima T Nakkash3
  1. 1 Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Mechanical Engineering Department, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  3. 3 Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mohammed Jawad, Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK; mohammed.jawad06{at}

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On 18 April 2019, a patent filed by Philip Morris Products SA was published entitled ‘Shisha device for heating a substrate without combustion’.1 The patent describes a waterpipe apparatus that contains a complex electric heating element with a cartridge containing an ‘aerosol-generating substrate’.1 The design appears to interchangeably accommodate solid or liquid substrates that may or may not contain tobacco, non-tobacco plant material or nicotine salts. Two weeks later, the same group had another patent published entitled ‘Shisha consumable article’, which went into more …

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  • Contributors MJ wrote the fast draft. RN and AS provided comments and approved the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.