According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), “perception of a [herbal cigarette] as a drug may cause unanticipated criminal consequences.” Basically, just because it may sit on shelves doesn’t mean you don’t consider it a drug. What about flavors? NOT flavoring herbs with sweet or salty flavors but instead flavoring them with “essential oils.” Yes, this is an old-fashioned term for dyes.
Leave that to your grandparents. However, a common herb-flavored herbal cigarette uses natural, harmless ingredients you can find at your local grocery store such as basil, parsley, mint, rosemary, etc. Despite campaigns to ban colorants and marketing them as “addictive” (aka harmful to your health), it is estimated that the flavored herb cigarettes are responsible for only 1% of the market, which has been fairly stable. Most herbal cigarette flavors are not appealing to non-tobacco smokers, most of whom prefer the flavorings of their “traditional” cigarettes.
The Molly Moons, for example, join the ranks of fellow delectable-flavored herbal cigarettes, such as “French Toast” flavored or “Steamed Doc” flavored, which are available on every corner. Ironically, these “flavors” have no more appeal than the regular, “dirt” flavored cigarettes. PHYSICAL PROFILES: There is no convincing evidence suggesting medicinal herbs are addictive compared to more traditional tobacco products. MOVEMENT: If you’re thinking of trying flavored herbal cigarettes, you might want to read this article first. But: Yes, flavored herbal cigarettes can be safer in terms of addictive potential than the traditional tobacco cigarettes, which were developed before the widespread A.D.A.D.
BUT — as many of our speakers said in their presentations at the House of Cards: If you take nothing else away from this post, take this. Everyone present at the House of Cards should know what they are signing up for every session in, well, every session. We encourage you, after you read this, to go do a little research… and then make up your mind. Luckily, none of the speakers, none of you, want your business to become your downfall here. Many of you made wise choices at the beginning of this journey. Ok, completely see this as a learning curve, no judgement whatsoever. Many of us will end up spelling these out in our blogs for folks when we release our books, after the conference is over. Herbal cigarettes are slightly sweetened versions of regular cigarettes, flavored with herbs or other flavorings instead of tar. Personally, I like the taste of herbal cigarettes. Plentiful supplies are available in both herbal and non-herbal cigarettes — and they make a great inexpensive gift for someone you are proud to say is less likely to succeed with civilized habits. It takes a hobby to make a habit. Not everyone likes to buy their smoking habit, but sometimes we have to do it for ourselves or our family. As a celiac disease sufferer, I love combining herbal cigarettes with eating a gluten free diet, which causes me to be ravenous when it comes to dessert and sweet treats.
I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy sweets whenever possible, because I am naturally a sugar lover. My point is that I could easily live on a sugar free diet involving wine or espresso. If you happen to like herbal cigarettes, you can still get them from the vendor at the show to the bathroom without throwing back bourbon. On the related note, there are many people (including me!) who supplement their conventional quitting with herbal cigarettes. If what you are about to try doesn’t work or when you relapse, nothing replaces regular cigarettes. Also, it’s important to not judge a book by its cover. I’m going to say it for you now: LEGALLY smoke herbs. Legal to Smoke… and Legal to Possess? Again, the herbal cigarette question may come fetched from what you read in the ARGUMENT