WHAT IS HERBAL CIGARETTE?
The herbal cigarettes are the newest, trending kind of cigarettes that smokers are purchasing in the belief that it would help them quit their smoking habit. Herbal cigarettes are actually paper rolls that contain herbs such as basil, lemongrass, rose petals, green tea, etc. The proper blending of these herbs in varying proportions changes its flavors. The one positive feature that everybody holds onto is the absence of nicotine or tobacco in these cigarettes. The purchase of the herbal cigarettes is labeled as a ‘safe’ way of smoking but that is completely false.
A chair is not made of only wood; it needs some glue for sticking parts, brushing, polishing, and coloring. Similarly, a cigarette is not completely made of nicotine; it has other substances or components. Nicotine is a major substance present in it but not the only. Many organic compounds (carbon compounds) present when smoked release the black tar which is enough to make an individual sick. The carbon compounds are in the herbal cigarettes as well making it not the best solution for quitting smoking or continuing a ‘healthy’ smoking practice.
WHY DO PEOPLE PURCHASE HERBAL CIGARETTE?
The obsession with the word ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ has put an image in front of many individuals that it is a better standard of living. The awareness about the extensive chemicals being injected in food products has made people conscious about their lifestyle. Therefore, many have switched from having junk and unhealthy snacks such as chips and chocolate to Raagi cookies, organic spices and whole wheat food products. It is a good step indeed as lesser purchase of unhealthy food and more demand for a fresher, original quality would be promoted. However, the issue arises when people understand everything to be ‘organic’ just because of it being labeled as one.
People may have bid goodbye to many unhealthy foods but, a drug named cigarette is not very easy to be detached from. Cigarettes carry nicotine, carbon monoxide, and many harmful poisonous substances that are very addictive and difficult to stay away from as it provides one warmth (in winters), relaxation each time one has a cigarette at a low, affordable cost. But gradually as one decides to leave this habit due to the realization of its damage that it has already done to their human body, they pick up a different kind of cigarette that they believe would help them change their habits but it doesn’t which is the herbal cigarette.
IS HERBAL CIGARETTE HELPFUL IN QUITTING SMOKING?
As mentioned before, by just hearing the name ‘herbal’ people take up to the product as they have the assumption that it would be healthy and less harmful than the general packet of cigarette. However, the research states that the smoke released contains carcinogens that are excess or equal to the carbon monoxide and ultrafine particulate matter found in the general cigarettes. The herbal cigarette has tar filters which only keep the marginal percent of nicotine away. As fact, any vegetable matter when burned is toxic. The toxic substances travel directly to the lungs preventing breathing. The other cigarettes coming under ‘natural’ are bidis and clove cigarettes that don’t contain tobacco but yet, are more harmful.
TYPES OF NATURAL CIGARETTES
Birdis contain less tobacco in comparison to general ones but, their nicotine intake is much more. These birdis are in the form of a roll that is tied by strings on each end. Easily accessible and affordable, these herbal cigarettes are in various flavors and are thin, with no filtration cigarettes.
- CLOVE CIGARETTES
These cigarettes contain more quantity of tobacco than cloves. Studies show that not only are these more addictive means but also, more damaging than regular cigarettes.
HERBAL CIGARETTES VS GENERAL CIGARETTES
- SAFETY WARNING
The general cigarettes have pictorial as well as a written warning on its packet indicating the dangerousness of the product to human health. On the other hand, herbal cigarette packets have no such warning in any form. Instead, it has various flavors such as cherry or vanilla on its packaging compelling people to purchase the product more often.
- COST DIFFERENCE
The herbal cigarette is in more demand due to the misunderstanding of it is a safer option. As the demand is increasing, each packet of herbal cigarettes is becoming costly in comparison to the general cigarettes available.
- HARMFUL CONTENT
The normal cigarettes have a fixed composition of nicotine and other poisonous substances, however; herbal cigarettes vary in their composition which could have an, even more, greater dose of nicotine without realization.
IMPACT OF SMOKING ON HUMAN HEALTH
Whether general or herbal, there are some major impacts that cigarettes do on a human body which is the following:-
- When the tar enters the blood, it makes it thicker and increases chance of clot creation. The oxygen amount in the blood gets reduced leading to low oxygen supply to the body organs. This could become a cause for the dysfunctioning of some organs.
- The carbon monoxide from smoke creates pressure on the heart to make it work faster. When this dose is giving more often, it can lead to heart failure.
- The cause of your stomach cancer would be smoking. Smoking weakens the muscles of the stomach and makes the hydrochloric
acid goes towards the wrong direction damaging the body.
- By smoking, the chance of getting a brain stroke is much higher which can lead to death.
- The visible unpleasant changes happen to the mouth and throat which face gum disease, stained teeth, losing a sense of taste or worse being, cancer.
- Last but not least, the organ that is directly damaged by smoking is the lungs. By inhaling so many poisonous gases, blocking the lungs with tar, cough and asthma begums just the start. Gradually, the person finds problems in doing any physical activity due to the struggle of breathing. If still not stopped, the lungs have a possibility to face cancer.
The person should know the impacts of smoking before succumbing to it. Despite that, if one is in the habit of smoking, they should know that herbal cigarette is in no manner, a way to quit smoking nor a healthier way of smoking. Quitting smoking is hard but, nothing is impossible.