Research and development

Since 2012, we have invested approximately US$2.5 billion in developing our range of Next Generation Products, such as e-cigarettes and tobacco heating products. We make significant investments in research and development (“R&D”) to deliver innovations that satisfy or anticipate consumer preferences.

Research and development is an important part of our business and has been for more than 60 years. British American Tobacco’s Research & Development Centre is based in the UK, with facilities in Southampton and Cambridge.

We are working to develop a range of potentially reduced-risk tobacco and nicotine products, including conventional cigarettes, tobacco heating devices and e-cigarettes. Central to product development is to give our consumers, as well as the regulators, confidence in their quality and functionality and an understanding of their potential risk profile.

Traditionally our research efforts have focused on conventional cigarettes, understanding the chemistry of cigarette smoke, identifying toxic constituents (toxicants), understanding smoking behaviour and developing prototype products and technologies with the aim of reducing levels of smoke toxicants.

Our research requires a multi-disciplinary approach and includes a broad spectrum of scientific fields including molecular biology, toxicology, analytical chemistry and biotechnology.

In recent years, we have expanded our focus to emerging product categories, such as e-cigarettes, gaining new expertise and experiences in areas such as materials science, formulation chemistry and engineering.

To increase the transparency of the science behind tobacco harm reduction, we regularly present at relevant scientific conferences and submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2008, more than 130 articles authored by our scientists have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

With over 1500 people involved in Research & Development of Next Generation Products across the world, BAT has a broad range of experience and expertise, with academic backgrounds including molecular biology, plant biotechnology, toxicology, clinical research, chemistry, materials science and engineering.

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