Tobacco consumption has a long history, even among Mayan priests tobacco smoking was part of the spiritual rituals of lighting tobacco leaves in large fires and inhaling the smoke. The tobacco plant came to Europe for the first time with Columbus and was originally either chewed, sniffed or boiled into a liquid.
There are now hundreds of different tobacco products in which nicotine is processed and consumed in different ways. Cigarettes are of course one of the most well-known forms of tobacco consumption and around 26% of European citizens smoke.
So what exactly is it that makes tobacco consumption so tempting and what alternatives are there to smoking if you want to stop smoking gradually?
What is the attraction of smoking?
A cigarette not only contains nicotine, but the smoke contains around 4800 other chemicals, of which at least 250 are toxic and around 90 are carcinogenic. Most smokers are aware of this, but why is it so difficult for them to hang up?
The nicotine contained in the cigarette is responsible for our cells secreting substances that have a stimulating effect on the body. Nicotine improves attention when consumed and at the same time suppresses negative feelings such as stress, fear and nervousness.
Many smokers say they smoke in the morning to wake up faster. The first dose of nicotine a day usually increases the desire and the next cigarette is not far away. Furthermore, people often smoke in the workplace, as the smoking break is a moment of retreat and relaxation for many people.
Some people even state that cigarettes serve as a digestive aid after a meal. However, there is no scientific evidence of this. Of course, our social environment also has a great influence on our habits. Many teenagers start smoking to be part of a group, and adults often smoke at parties or other social events.
Once smoking is started, it is difficult to achieve a permanent smoking stop because nicotine is an addictive substance.
Alternative to smoking: e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular, especially in recent years, and are seen as a less harmful alternative to smoking. In the case of e-cigarettes, the so-called e-liquid is heated and inhaled. The steam consists mainly of water, ethanol, nicotine, flavorings and nebulizers.
Switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes avoids exposure to the pollutants that result from burning tobacco. This makes e-cigarettes recommended to aid in smoking cessation. However, there are still insufficient studies on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.
Alternative to smoking: tobacco heating systems
In tobacco heating systems, the tobacco mixture is also heated without burning it. This creates a vapor that contains nicotine and releases the taste of tobacco. Since there is no combustion here either, the concentration of harmful chemical components is lower than in conventional cigarettes.
Alternative to smoking: Snus
Another smoke-free alternative to smoking is snus. Snus has been extremely popular in Scandinavia for a long time and is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of Europe as well. Recipes for the first snus products date back to the 18th century. So what exactly is snus?
Basically, snus consists of tobacco, water, salt and flavors. When consumed, snus is placed under the upper lip and the saliva releases the taste of the tobacco and the effects of the nicotine. Snus is often consumed by athletes because the nicotine it contains causes the adrenaline level to rise and at the same time reduces nervousness.
Snus products can be bought with different levels of nicotine. Siberia Red -80 Degrees WDP with a nicotine content of 43 mg / g is one of the particularly strong products. General Onyx WP is somewhat milder in comparison with a proportion of 12 mg/g. If you prefer it very mild, you should try LYFT Tropic Breeze AW with a nicotine content of 8 mg / g.