Cigarette smoking is known to be a highly addictive habit by most of the people at any age that may result to addiction on smoking. In the Philippines, the latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that four out of 10 students aged 13 to 15 years old smoked. Another WHO survey said the country had the highest rate of female smokers among young adults and adults in the Asia-Pacific region. Many people may ask “why is smoking addictive?” it is simply because cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.
Did you know that cigarette smoking is now a cure for smoke addiction? Yes, you read it right! You can now stop a habit of smoking through smoking an herbal cigarette. According to Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ramon Tan, founder of Carica Herbal Health Products Inc. thinks herbal cigarettes may be the solution to smoke addiction of many of the people. Tan is the maker of the herbal cigarette brands Stop-a-Habit and Herbala sold in Carica’s main store in Makati City and other outlets nationwide. He said the products are made from a blend of 36 herbal plants from the Philippines, India, Africa, China and South America. They have been analyzed and certified by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory to be free of nicotine and other addicting substances such as marijuana, opium, cocaine and heroin. Herbal cigarettes are a nicotine-free cigarettes made from dried leaves of pomelo, tanglad, talumpunay, pandan, cacao and alagao.
Herbal Gold cigarettes are a prime example. They look exactly like regular cigarettes and come in different flavors including menthol, cherry, and vanilla. Because they don’t contain tobacco, they can be sold legally to smokers of any age. Herbal Gold cigarettes contain a blend of herbs including marshmallow (the plant, not the hot chocolate topping), passion flower, jasmine, and ginseng. These herbs are staples of health-food stores, and they’re generally safe — until they’re set on fire.
According to Tan, apart from reducing and eliminating addiction to tobacco products, herbal cigarettes can also induce restful sleep and relieve gastric discomfort and a sore throat. He explained that herbal smoke could eliminate the taste for cigarettes, making it possible to quit smoking. After a few weeks, a smoker should have dropped the habit for good, he added.
The main advantage of having Herbal Cigarettes is that it relaxes the mind because it calms nerving action, it helps detoxify the lungs, it stimulates digestion, and it is also a good way to fight against colds in winter and wet cough.
The herbs in the Herbal Cigarettes works as defense against the disease, it keeps you fresh and helps in concentration, acts like a throat cleaner, no bad breath and pleasant and long lasting smell.
These cigarettes are a very good way to help smokers quit smoking. People say that any type of smoking is harmful; however Herbal cigarettes can be smoked in moderation for health enhancement. The healing ability that the herbs have, that can be delivered through smoking these Herbal Cigarettes. In smoking Herbal Cigarettes the risk factor is less and the benefits are more as compared to the normal cigarette which is high on toxins. The Herbal Cigarettes has no nicotine and paper and hence are less harmful.
When you stop smoking it is normal to crave for nicotine because your brain and body becomes used to the effect of nicotine. The sudden loss of nicotine can make you feel anxious, depressed and irritable that caused by the change of the level of dopamine and noradrenaline. Health specialists also do not recommend herbal cigarettes as a long-term alternative to tobacco due to the dangers posed by smoke inhalation.
The Academy Health in Canada warned in its Health Canada website that although some herbal cigarettes do not have nicotine, they still produce tar and carbon monoxide when burned and inhaled. It’s also important to know that some herbal cigarettes are blended with tobacco, particularly those manufactured in China, it said.
Matthew Gold, a staff attorney for the FTC, said that “Simply being free of additives — or in the case of herbal cigarettes, free of nicotine — doesn’t make them safer. Any kind of cigarette you smoke has tar and carbon monoxide, which have very real health hazards associated with them.”