Are herbal cigarettes safer than tobacco cigarettes?

Smoking tobacco cigarettes can cause major health problems, including lung cancer, respiratory problems, and emphysema. The nicotine in tobacco is addictive, so stopping smoking can be extremely hard, especially after many years of smoking on a daily basis. I recently decided to spend the next few months attempting to quit smoking and I've done a good job of reducing my daily cigarette intake, but I needed to take my progress one step further. When looking into herbal cigarettes versus electronic cigarettes, I found that herbal cigarettes are just as dangerous as tobacco-based products.

Clove cigarettes contain tobacco. When I was a teen I tried clove cigarettes. I loved the taste and numb feeling the product caused, so when I chose to stop smoking, I immediately looked for clove cigarettes as a healthy alternative to tobacco. What I found out was that clove cigarettes contain tobacco. According to Columbia University, clove cigarettes contain up to 70-percent tobacco. The remaining 30-percent is cloves. Due to the mild nature of the smoke, smokers tend to hold in the smoke longer, which means increasing the risk of tobacco-related illnesses and conditions.

Herbal cigarettes are just as dangerous as tobacco products. Next on my list were herbal cigarettes. Herbal cigarettes contain no tobacco so they must be healthier than traditional cigarettes, right? Wrong again. Herbal cigarettes contain toxins and carbon monoxide, just like tobacco products. While smoking herbal cigarettes means skipping the nicotine found in tobacco, it does not mean reducing health risks. There is very little control over ingredients included in herbal cigarettes and some include dangerous ingredients that supply just as much tar as tobacco.

It looks like there are no safe herbal products. After looking for a safe and effective herbal cigarette to help me quit smoking, I realized that none existed. There are, however, free programs like the one available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that helps smokers quit the habit once and for all. While making that first call to a quit coach may be a little stressful, the long-term health benefits of quitting smoking are far better than continuing to smoke for the next 20 years. You can contact a quit coach at no charge by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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