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Tobacco healthier than manufactured cigarettes
Handmade Cigarettes in general
Member Name: shikiraclare
Handmade Cigarettes in general
Advantages: does not contain toxic additives in the tobacco
Disadvantages: tobacco can lengthen span of you life as a smoker
Much healthier than a bought cigarette!
Regardless of tobacco brand, hand-made cigarettes are by far the healthier option than manufactured ones, simply because in all truth, they contain none of the harmful chemicals that are always produced in packaged ones despite this fact not being advertised.
As all smokers know and understand, 'nicotine' is the addictive chemical found in all Tobacco and cigarettes alike, but in manufactured ones, it is the other chemicals that make the addiction to nicotine that much more poignant and dangerous because the addiction then isn't just to nicotine alone, but the carbon monoxide and additional fuels that go into them and people are not made aware of this.
I only discovered this when in discussion about the topic of smoking in general, some months ago and have now found an opportunity to write about it, so hope it is informative as well as insightful to others who may care to read my review.
I generally smoke a mix of manufactured cigarettes and hand rolled tobacco depending upon funds but mainly smoke readily made ones that have become increasingly costly since this years' tax inflation. The current brand I tend to stick to is Windsor Blue super kings or the lighter version of this product which is by far easier on the lungs. I can easily get through a pack of twenty most days but more so if my partner is with me and likes to smoke mine as well as his own!
Reading the content (ingredient) box on the packet I have in front of me; says that this pack has 10mg of Tar; 0.9mg Nicotine and 10mg Carbon Monoxide (the same toxic-substance found when breathing out). Considering that 10mg is by far greater than 0.9mg: tells us that the most addictive element in the cigarette other than Tar, is Carbon Monoxide. So the long standing notion that nicotine is what people crave when they smoke is nonsense unless you only smoke Tobacco. Manufactured cigarettes contain reconstituted tobacco and other additives that therefore make them far more harmful.
For convenience purposes and to cut costs, tobacco is the much better alternative even though we all know the risks associated with smoking. What a great many non-smokers fail to comprehend is that the current environment in which we live, full of toxic gases from factories; cars; air-flight; dumping grounds; sewerage etc etc, we inhale each and everyday and are not less harmful to the human because they are not directly inhaled. Chemicals and their particles live and multiply in the open-air and are immediately inhaled and why it is that smoking and breathing in toxic-air are very much of parallel unity.
There is nothing to scientifically prove otherwise and why it is that the government are wanting to take environmental issues far more seriously when the reduction in clean breathable air from pollution is having dire consequences to all living things (including humans that don't smoke) - no we are not dying, but we are noticing a significant difference in air quality than ever before and especially older generations can tell you this.
Though this review is not a political/environmental argument, it is very important for non-smokers to broaden their view points and acknowledge that smoking isn't just about the self-inflicted kind even though it is always assumed so.
Preferring tobacco over manufactured cigarettes takes some getting used to and not merely because of the fiddly process of making them roll up, but because the contrast between tobacco itself and chemical-filled ones is so strong. Certainly the addictiveness to 'normal' ones that are ready made have far more physiological effects such as extreme lathery and impossible withdrawal symptoms but with tobacco itself, you just crave the nicotine fix and may become agitated, but do not suffer the same unmanageable withdrawal symptoms.
I think for anyone seriously considering quitting, a transfer to tobacco is recommended before taking nicotine replacement when it only treats the nicotine withdrawal (not any other chemicals) that are found in the manufactured kinds. If you want to read further upon these chemicals I have droned on about, then a really good place to start is the Wikipedia site on the 'List of additives in cigarettes' which is very useful if you are a smoker.
Summary: tobacco is best