After browsing on the Holland & Barrett website last night, I spotted herbal cigarettes. I was intrigued to what they are as I had never heard of them & I have tried almost everything to quit smoking, infact I attempt to quit smoking everyday. It is a pain & an expensive habit at £5.50 a day. So I was certainly not reluctant to try these.
So on my way back from college today I nipped into Eldon Square. I thought they would be behind the till like normal cigarettes are, but they were at the back of the store on a shelf, there were a few varieties to choose from but I opted for Honey Rose, priced at £2.99 for a 20 pack they were cheaper than my usual cigarettes & better for me.
I powerwalked out the shopping centre excited to try the herbal cigarettes that could of been the answer to my prayers, I excitedly lit up, took one puff and felt nothing. I tried again puffing as hard as I could, feeling as though I was getting nothing out of it whatsoever, also I noticed as people were walking past me they stared at me weirdly. The cigarettes have a very strong funky smell. I think people thought I was smoking drugs or something.
I stubbed the disgusting thing out & hopped to the shop for my usual cigarettes, they seemed to make me crave a cigarette even more. I think sucking on a pen would be more useful, believe me you inhale nothing of these cigarettes! The pen would be better as it isn't as vile, strong smelling.
I did give these another try later in the day when I was at home, to see if it would work better indoors. It had the same smoking air affect. You tend to suck on the cigarettes extra hard to dissolve the cigarette which is even worse for the skin around your mouth! My mum also came in shouting at me about the vile smell which had lingured its way through the whole house, it's not pleasant at all, & it takes around an hour for the smell to completely vanish.
These cigarettes are a lot healthier than normal ones as they do not contain nicotine or tobacco but do contain a small amount of tar.
They are absolutely vile & I do not recommend these for giving up smoking, patches are a lot more effective & you can at least get them free from your GP.
I currently have 17 herbal cigarettes left in my box, I will never smoke these again but I find them handy to keep for annoying friends who ask for cigarettes, I will just hand them one of these bad boys next time. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with these tomorrow.
In a moment of what now seems to have been total madness, I decided whilst in our local confectioner to purchase a pack of Herbal Cigarettes. There were several different variations to choose from and I really didn't have clue if any were any good. They were all priced around the £3.50 -£4.20 mark, which is about a quid less than my normal cigarette. I plumped for the nicest looking packet thinking this might well be the nicest tasting selection. Since I haven't purchased any of the other varieties I guess I'm never going to find out if the choice I made was correct. The reason for this is simple they nearly damn well killed me.
In one of (my too many) occasions where I deemed it time for a cigarette, I opened the pretty floral packaging which if nothing else was a little inviting. It felt and looked just like any other packet of cigarettes, until I opened it. There was an evil almost decaying smell coming from the pretty packet. How could something so nice provide such a vile and nauseous smell? I pulled one of the twenty cigarettes from the packet trying not to breath in or catch anymore of the disgusting odour.
It again looked quite normal, same size shape and appearance as an ordinary cigarette; even the tip was the same. I hesitantly placed it into my mouth and pondered for a second before bringing the lit lighter to bear upon the cigarette. It was at this point that I once again got a rather strong whiff of the offending smell. I thought just for a second that the smoke that was going to be coming from the cigarette would quite easily overcome this offensive odour. I lit the cigarette and reluctantly took the first puff.
Unusual but not too bad, "remember Don these are better for you than your usual brand " a little voice inside my head said calmly. "Right" said I in return, another puff. From here on in each puff just got worse and worse, the smell was getting stronger and the nasty herbs which the packet declines to exactly tell you are were evidently now infecting the smoke I was inhaling as well as the external smell from the packet. At this point there was nothing the little voice could say to make me continue with this very unpleasant experience.
I smoked a couple of normal cigarettes in their usual pattern and then somewhat reluctantly decided to try another herbal effort. This time I never even got past the couple of puffs before I was stubbing out the disgusting excuse for a cigarette. Not that ordinary cigarettes are any less disgusting to some, but these take the biscuit. My son and my wife were now in the vicinity and were commenting on the peculiar odour, which was now floating freely around. My wife rushed to get one of her favoured scented candles in an attempt to rid us of the smell.
My three-pound odds had not been well spent and there was no way that smoking these would help me reduce my increasing consumption of ordinary cigarettes. I guess that if perhaps the smell had been less unpleasant I just might have endeavoured to try a bit harder, but at that stage I was quite happy to bin the remaining 16 or 17 fags and return to the sanctity of good old Rothman's Royals.
I'm currently on a mission to try and quit smoking as I've realised I just can't afford to keep my silly habit any longer and the extra money saved would come in incredibly useful!. I decided to give Honey Rose cigarettes a go as I'd read good things about them and they sounded as though they may do the trick to get me off of tobacco as they're completely tobacco and nicotine free.
The cigarettes look and feel like normal cigarettes and they're much cheaper than normal tobacco products (I think the Honey Rose cigarettes cost around £2.50, from memory). The one thing that really let me down was the feeling that you weren't actually inhaling anything, it was like sucking on air and I found this more frustrating than actually taking away any cravings for tobacco I was having and after a few days I gave up and went back onto normal cigarettes.
In theory it's a great idea and perhaps if I have more willpower and determination next time I'll be able to stick it out for longer and actually stay with the Honey Rose cigarettes until I've finally managed to get over my nicotine addiction.
It's definitely worth a go as I have no doubt in my mind that Honey Rose cigarettes will help some people battling with cravings and as they're rather cheap you don't really have anything to lose.
Although I wasn't even seriously considering to give up smoking yet, when I discovered herbal cigarettes in a shop I thought it would be a good idea to buy them and to find out whether it would be possible for me to change to them or not. I liked the design on the pack and at first found it pretty amusing when I realised they looked green (well, obviously, since they were herbal) because that reminded me of my trip to the Netherlands .. Their smell before I lit them was pretty pleasant too - a mixture of oregano and basil with a hint of fields and woods, it smellt very natural and definitely far healthier than actual cigarettes. When I tried to smoke them, however, I found them far from enjoyable. Apart from the fact that it did not at all take away my desire to smoke, they actually increased it because I had the impression I ought to be getting a "kick" out of them but got no effect whatsoever. The taste was horrible: I felt reminded of times when I had stumbled on those paths leading through fields and ended up with a mixture of grass and earth between my teeth. It took me quite a bit of self-convincing to even finish one let alone to light a second one a while later. Apart from that, a friend of mine (who liked them a tiny bit more than me and who decided to take them when I was ready to put them in the bin) had a slightly different experience from me. He decided to smoke them on his way to work, ie. on the platform of a train station where a security guard was walking up and down. When the security guard smellt the herbal cigarettes, he obviously didn't quite realise that this was oregano and went over to my friend saying something along the lines of: "Well, I'm not really interested in what you're smoking there. But please don't do it on this platform. I don't want any trouble." The explanation: "But officer, this is oregano" obviously wasn't very convincing and only led to a "As I
said, I don't care what you're smoking there".
Honey Rose Herbal Cigarettes I gave up smoking ten weeks ago, it hasn’t been easy but I have done it. The best thing I did was to keep a couple of packets of Honey Rose Herbal Cigarettes in the house; they took the edge off when I really felt I was going to crack. A lot of people said to me at the time that it was silly to smoke them because I wasn’t breaking the habit, well everyone to their own ideas, I’ve stopped smoking most of my critics haven’t. To a normal smoker they will taste disgusting, but when you haven’t had a ciggie for a week they are absolutely fantastic believe me. They smell horrible, not like a normal cigarette, I tended to stand on the door step and have a smoke, the smell does linger in your house and when you have stopped regular smoking you tend to be able to smell things a lot stronger than you did. I go for days without thinking about cigarettes but every so often I do get that instant urge so I treat myself to a Herbal, I must admit when I’ve smoked it I think to myself, ‘Why did you bother to even smoke that?’ I think it is the ritual that I enjoy at the time. As I said it is only once in a while now and hardly a crime when I have done so well to give up the cigarettes and get my body free of that nicotine. Honeyrose Herbals come in two types; they are both nicotine and tobacco free. Lights, which have 4mg of tar and cost £1.80 for a pack of twenty, then you can get the Menthol ones at £1.60 for twenty, the tar content is a bit higher with these at 6mg. You can buy them in most health shops. Far better to smoke a couple of these a day than go back to regular smoking, you will stop wanting one, because they have no nicotine or tobacco in, you will eventually not need them. If you are struggling to give up smoking, give these a go. They have worked for me and I was a forty a day smoker for 36 years.