Saturday, March 23, 2013


Herbal cigarettes can be effectively used to quit smoking, because they lack one key ingredient - NICOTINE.   There are many brands of herbal smokes on the market today, but true herbal cigarettes do not contain any tobacco products and thus do not contain nicotine.

If you are one of those people that can not seem to make it past the first 10 minutes of your first day of quitting smoking without caving in and buying a pack down at the local store, you may want to consider using herbal cigarettes as an alternative method to give up smoking.

Remember, you are not addicted to cigarettes, and you are not addicted to smoking.   Smoking cigarettes does only one thing, it delivers nicotine to your body, and it does it quickly.  You smoke because you are addicted to nicotine and when you inhale your cigarette, the nicotine reaches your brain in about 8 seconds.  Smoking a cigarette is the fastest way to deliver nicotine to your brain.

Now lets say you never started smoking, your body would not crave nicotine, and you would see no pleasure in sucking on the end of a cigarette and inhaling smoke into your lungs.  You would think it is a vile practice that makes no sense, which is what non smokers see when they witness someone smoking.  But alas, you were stupid like me and taught yourself the great pleasure of nicotine addiction.

So lets examine herbal cigarettes and how they can work to reduce your craving for nicotine and eventually remove your desire to smoke altogether. 

Herbal cigarettes typically contain a blend of herbs such as mint, cinnamon, tea leaves, ginseng, cloves and various other non tobacco products.  They are blended together and placed in rolling  paper similar to that of a regular cigarette and most will even have a filter which is the same as the one found on your regular cigarettes.  But remember, there is no tobacco and no nicotine in herbal cigarettes.

You can find herbal cigarettes online or at most tobacco stores.  Generally they are not sold at your typical convenience or grocery store.

Once you get your pack of herbal cigarettes you are ready to smoke.  They will light up just like your regular cigarette, and will last about the same amount of  time.  Warning - you will not receive the same sensation that you will when you smoke a regular cigarette because herbal cigarettes do not contain nicotine.  You will enjoy the basic sensation of inhaling smoke into your lungs and blowing it out.  You will quickly realize that there is nothing pleasurable about this act.  But keep in mind, each herbal cigarette you smoke will bring you closer to quitting smoking because you will not be feeding your body nicotine and you will actually be in the process of removing nicotine from your body.  Once you remove nicotine from your body you will be able to make rational decisions because you will no longer be a drug addict.  Typically if you do not ingest any nicotine for 72 hours, you will have removed all nicotine from your system.

If you are going to attempt to quit using herbal cigarettes, commit to only smoking herbal cigarettes for at least a week.  Do not cheat and slip in a regular cigarette now and again because you will just recreate the addiction you are trying to break.   Even one puff a regular cigarette will give you enough nicotine to become a full fledged addict again.

A few warnings regarding herbal cigarettes.  They are in no way healthier than regular cigarettes, you are still inhaling smoke into your lungs, and carbon monoxide.  You are still taking in tar which is not healthy.    But believe me, if you break this addiction to nicotine, you will not crave an herbal cigarette or any other kind of cigarette.  You just have to get past the hurdle of nicotine addiction.

I am a strong believer in quitting smoking cold turkey because it is the fastest way to remove nicotine and the psychological addiction to smoking.  The act of smoking, even a herbal cigarette, will continue to remind you of smoking and the mental process of quitting will certainly take longer.   But for those of you who have tried everything, who can't seem to make it a minute without reaching for a cigarette, this is certainly worth trying.

Good luck to you, and I hope that at least one person is able to quit smoking using this method.

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