The experience of solving problems, provoked as a resulted of widespread and massive consumption of tobacco products, has shown that once appeared on the market, these products are extremely difficult to regulate, even if the well-known dangers of consumption. Therefore, the emergence of a new product, when it may be decided that avoids later problems should probably turn to the experience of those countries that already have collided and partially solved similar products.
Nicotine-free tobacco market
Herbal cigarettes are actively advertised on the Internet as a means of smoking cessation, as an alternative to the nicotine patches, gums and pills supposedly allows overcoming the nicotine addiction and the behavioral patterns associated with smoking. They are said to make it possible to control the delivery of nicotine, its effects, and habits related to the action of nicotine. Most sites that promote herbal cigarettes, refer to the fact that the process of consumption of herbal cigarettes is not associated with tobacco and nicotine in terms of harmful impact. However, it would be fair to say that impartial reviews exist in the large quantity: thus, e.g. a post on herbal cigarettes published on hearbal-health.uk, a prominent startup website that aggregates natural healthcare articles, argues that the use of such products is reasonable.
Indeed, it is oftentimes admitted that only difference from herbal cigarettes containing tobacco and ciggys deprived of nicotine, which is a substance that causes dependence on tobacco, but it is not the most harmful chemical component of tobacco. But just because most herbal cigarettes do not contain nicotine, they still may be useless for people trying to get rid of smoking.
Herbal cigarettes often look exotic and have nutty flavors, e.g. vanilla or cherry. However, the main idea behind their marketing is that they are ‘healthier’ than conventional coffin-nails. But despite this marketing bait, these cigarettes are not that safe. People are oftentimes convinced that herbal or natural can not be dangerous, which is far from being truth. Herbal cigarettes may contain mixtures of different plants, that pose no threat until the fire is not set.
Analysis of the products offered to assist with smoking cessation, showed that two-thirds of them are lacking any scientific basis. In particular, a number of proposed herbal extracts don’t have proven effects on nicotine dependence. Smoking herbal cigarettes also increases the level of carbon monoxide (CO) in the blood, which, according to other researchers, is a ‘health-risky method of smoking cessation’. In this study, the advertised facilities cessation concluded that most of the products have no proven benefit in quitting, but only makes the consumer to spend money. Herbal cigarettes are considered as a source of potential harm to health: the authors therefore consider the need to assess and monitor the market of such products more closely.
Already cited above study, published in the Lancet in 1999, came to the conclusion that the level of carbon monoxide produced by the smoker of cigarettes, ‘made on the basis of vegetables’ is no different from regular cigarettes. Some authors call herbal cigarettes in the series of tubes, cigars and bidis, on which smokers switched, naively assuming that it is less harmful form of smoking.
In addition, as pointed out by a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1976, where herbal preparations for smoking or ingestion were studied, the scientists have managed to find 25 psychoactive substances, and their long-term or short-term application could provoke poisoning cases.