September 28, 2021

What are herbal cigarettes?

Tobacco is a plant native to North America and has been used for thousands of years by Native Americans. Some tribes would prepare the leaves by stepping on them until crushed, then placed in a hollow reed or bone tube with one end closed off. The tube would be filled with glowing embers from a fire and covered with animal bladder which they would suck smoke from through the other end. [1]

The use of Herbal Cigarettes is increasing in popularity among people seeking an alternative to tobacco cigarettes and marijuana users. [2]

Some users believe that herbal cigarettes are a way to avoid inhaling carcinogens however the FDA says there is no evidence for this claim and so it is not regulated. [3]

Herbal cigarettes are defined as products containing various types of dried plant material which are used similarly to moist snuff or chewing tobacco. Other names for herbal cigarettes include botanical, herbal wrap, natural leaf, potpourri, and herbal smoking blend. The contents of these products vary but it is typically a blend of various herbs and spices. Popular ingredients include Damiana leaf, elder flower, jasmine flowers, lavender flowers and rose petals. The product typically contains no nicotine or tobacco and is typically smoked as a means to avoid inhaling the smoke from other substances such as marijuana. [4]

Some consider herbal cigarettes harmless however the FDA warns that the product can cause allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting and even acute hepatitis. [5]

References:

1) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/129517.php retrieved June 4, 2015

2) https://www.alibaba.com/product-free/Herbal-smokeless-tobacco.html?spm=a2700.7724838.20170110.4 retrieved June 4, 2015

3) https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ucm456610.htm retrieved June 4, 2015

4) http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/aromatic-herbal-cigarettes?page=2 retrieved June 4, 2015

5) http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm197739.htm retrieved June 4, 2015

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