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British American Tobacco launches glo™ in Romania

07 December 2017

  • glo™ offers smokers a potentially less risky alternative to smoking

British American Tobacco Romania has launched glo™, the company’s newest and most innovative Tobacco Heating Product, for Romanian adult smokers. glo™ is a device which heats – not burns – specially manufactured tobacco sticks to approximately 240°C. As there is no burning of tobacco in glo™, as there is with traditional cigarettes, glo™ has the potential to be less risky than smoking.

glo™ doesn’t generate cigarette smoke but instead emits a tobacco vapour**. The vapour formed by heating the special tobacco sticks generates a natural tobacco taste but contains around 90% to 95% less toxicants than the smoke of cigarettes*. glo™ also produces less smell and no ash when compared to smoking**.

The unique advantage of glo™ is its simplicity: one device, one button, no external charging device and one single charge can last up to 30 sessions.

“glo™ took four years and a great deal of resources to develop and it is truly a best-in-class product. It is simple to use, with its one-button design and outstanding battery power – one single charge lasts up to 30 consecutive sessions,” said Richard Widmann, Area Director, British American Tobacco Southern Central Europe.

glo™ uses Kent Neostiks™, tobacco sticks developed exclusively for glo™ by specialist tobacco blenders and flavourists, to provide consumers with the real taste of tobacco by heating not burning. The Neostiks come in three different flavours: Bright Tobacco, Citric Mix and Fresh Mix.

“British American Tobacco is the absolute industry leader in Romania, accounting for 55% of the whole tobacco products market, with Kent alone representing a quarter of the total domestic consumption. The launch of glo™ in Romania, as a first in the European Union, completes our portfolio with an alternative, completely innovative product with the potential to be significantly less risky than traditional cigarettes,” added Richard Widmann. 

glo™ is already extremely successful in Japan, with 1 in 10 smokers having switched to glo™ in Sendai, one of Japan’s largest cities and where the product was launched in December 2016. In addition, since launching glo™ in Japan, 60% of growth in the Tobacco Heating Product category is from glo™.

British American Tobacco is committed to offering adult smokers a range of products with the potential to be significantly less risky than cigarettes. This commitment has seen BAT invest over US$2.5 billion over the last six years into the research and development of potentially less risky alternatives to smoking. Globally, over 1,500 scientists, engineers and tobacco experts work in the company’s research and development centres, all focused on ensuring that adult smokers have a range of innovative products available to them, with a large proportion of the R&D resource focused on potentially less risky alternatives to smoking.

In addition, BAT has launched innovative Next Generation Products (vaping and Tobacco Heating Products) in 16 markets globally, including the U.S., UK, South Korea, Russia, France, Italy and Japan. The success of these launches has helped contribute to BAT becoming the largest tobacco and Next Generation Products company in the world and the world’s largest vaping company.

glo™ is available online on www.glo.ro  and, starting today, in the dedicated glo™ shop located in Baneasa Shopping City, Bucharest. The promotional price for the first aquisition of the device with 10 packs of Neostiks is 200 RON. A pack of Kent Neostiks can be bought for 17 RON, similar to a pack of cigarettes.

Notes to editors

* This is a comparison between the smoke from combusted tobacco in a standard 3R4F reference cigarette (approximately 9 mg tar), and the vapour from heated tobacco in glo™, in terms of the nine types of harmful components which the World Health Organization recommends to reduce in cigarette smoke. These qualities do not necessarily mean this product is less harmful than other tobacco products.

** These qualities do not necessarily mean this product’s impact on health is less than other tobacco products.

glo™ is a tobacco heating product designed to offer ease of use and best-in-class quality and safety standards. It includes a number of safety features to ensure a quality user experience, for example:

  • It has a high quality aluminium sleeve and robust plastic base. The internal materials consist of thermal plastic which is heat resistant, a vacuum tube which ensures the exterior remains cool to the touch, rapid heating technology and a high-quality lithium battery.
  • It will shut off in the event of over-heating and has features that protect it from being charged incorrectly.
  • The device has been independently tested by a globally-recognised organisation against international safety standards for consumer devices

Enquiries

Annie Brown
P: +44 (0) 20 7845 2332/M: +44 (0) 771 441 1893
Email: annie_brown@bat.com

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