PMI Will Launch U.S. IQOS Production to Bypass Import Ban


Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) will begin U.S. production of heated tobacco product IQOS in the United States, putting the product back on convenience store shelves by next year. IQOS is sold in the U.S. under license by PMI’s American partner Altria.

Last September, the federal International Trade Commission (ITC) upheld an earlier ruling and ordered imported IQOS products off the U.S. market.

Domestic sales of IQOS ended Nov. 29, 2021According to Bloomberg, domestically made IQOS products will begin selling some time in the first half of 2023.

The ITC decision was the result of a patent dispute between PMI and British American Tobacco (BAT), the parent company of American company Reynolds American (RAI). The ITC ordered PMI and Altria to stop importing IQOS for sale in the U.S., but did not prevent PMI from producing the product here.

Read full article here.

Jim McDonald – Vaping360 – 2022-02-11

Want More Investigative Content?

Curate RegWatch
Curate RegWatch
In addition to our original coverage, RegWatch curates top stories on issues and impacts arising from the regulation of economic, social and environmental activity in Canada and the U.S.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Comments Now Open Again on Our Website!

Hi folks, after a short lockdown of our website, we've now re-opened viewer comments on our posts. Your input on the stories we post...

Vaping Coverage Get it NOW!

Sign Up for Incisive Content!

RegWatch original video is designed to move opinion. Get our videos first and be the first to share.

Your Information will never be shared with any third party