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What Are the Most Popular Smoking Alternatives in 2022?

The landscape of smoking cessation has changed dramatically over the past several years. When you think of traditional smoking cessation products like nicotine gums and lozenges, it’s obvious that things like pleasure and satisfaction weren’t high priorities in the development of those products. Traditional nicotine replacement products don’t taste good, and they often contain so little nicotine that they aren’t particularly helpful for reducing cravings. Those factors probably contribute to the low success rates of those products.

Today’s smoking alternatives, on the other hand, are developed with tobacco harm reduction as the primary goal. The mindset is that a certain percentage of people are going to try tobacco products and become addicted to nicotine even though they’re aware of the risks. Therefore, it makes sense from a public health standpoint to encourage those people to switch to alternatives that are just as pleasurable and satisfying but are less likely to cause harm.

If you’re looking for an alternative to smoking, you picked the perfect time because there are several very compelling options available to you today. These are the most popular smoking alternatives in 2022.

Disposable Vapes

Vaping has existed for more than a decade and definitely isn’t new at this point. Since e-cigarettes are often displayed right next to the cigarettes at most tobacco retailers, there’s almost no chance that you aren’t aware of vaping if you’re a smoker. What you might not be aware of, though, is how dramatically vaping products have increased in quality over the past few years. In particular, disposable vapes such as Elf Bar have overtaken most other types of vaping products in popularity and now represent a major portion of the products that vapers use.

The reason why so many new vapers start out with disposable vapes is because they’re the only types of vaping devices that you don’t need to think about at all. Just like a cigarette, a disposable vape is ready to use right out of the package and doesn’t require filling or charging. The most important reason why people love disposable vapes as much as they do is because they’re available in much higher nicotine strengths than they were in the past thanks to the development of nicotine salt e-liquid. Puff for puff, a disposable cigarette is just as satisfying as a tobacco cigarette. Because disposable vapes are so satisfying and simple, they’ve made it very easy for many former smokers to switch to vaping.

Nicotine Pouches

A nicotine pouch is an oral nicotine product that’s placed under your upper or lower lip like snus and other smokeless tobacco products. The difference, though, is that nicotine pouches don’t contain tobacco. Instead, they contain powdered nicotine, flavors and starch-based fillers. You feel the same tingle that you’d feel with an oral tobacco or nicotine replacement product, but the flavor is completely different because nicotine pouches have no tobacco or tobacco-like flavors.

If you’re a long-term smoker, there’s a good chance that you’ve used oral nicotine products before – and given the poor success rates of those products, there’s an equally good chance that you’re still a smoker today. Why would you expect to have a different experience with nicotine pouches? As it turns out, there are three factors that make nicotine pouches completely different from traditional nicotine replacement products.

  • They’re available in higher nicotine strengths. While traditional nicotine replacement products usually come in strengths of 2 mg and 4 mg, nicotine pouches are generally available in strengths of 3 mg and 8 mg. The higher nicotine content makes them significantly more satisfying.
  • Most nicotine pouches use salt-based nicotine. People generally find that oral nicotine products seem less likely to cause hiccups at higher strengths.
  • Nicotine pouches are available in a wide variety of flavors, with options including mango, cola, spearmint, pineapple and more. Unlike traditional nicotine replacement products, nicotine pouches actually taste good and are enjoyable to use.

Herbal Cigarettes

Herbal cigarettes are filled with plants other than tobacco. You can smoke them, but they contain no nicotine. Some of the ingredients that you might find in an herbal cigarette include mint, lemongrass, parsley, basil and various flowers. You shouldn’t expect an herbal cigarette to taste like a tobacco cigarette, but the makers of herbal cigarettes do try to select herbs that taste good when they’re smoked. Since herbal cigarettes do produce smoke, you’ll feel a sensation that approximates the throat hit of smoking a tobacco cigarette even though you won’t get nicotine.

The fact that herbal cigarettes don’t contain nicotine means that they don’t do anything to combat nicotine cravings. Some smokers, however, find that nicotine doesn’t actually seem to have much of a hold on them at all. What they really crave is the hand-to-mouth ritual of smoking, and herbal cigarettes do replace that.

It’s important to remember that if you use herbal cigarettes, you’re still inhaling smoke. Therefore, there’s no reason to expect that switching from tobacco cigarettes to herbal cigarettes will reduce the risk to your health. If you do make the switch, though, it means that you no longer require nicotine. Once you’ve eliminated your nicotine intake, quitting the herbal cigarettes should be relatively easy.

Heated Tobacco Products

One of the tenets of tobacco harm reduction is the idea that there’s a continuum of risk associated with the use of nicotine. Although the best option is to not use nicotine at all, experts generally agree that tobacco-free alternatives such as vaping and nicotine pouches probably present a significantly lower health risk than smoked tobacco products. Those alternatives, however, don’t work for everyone. Some people have tried them and found that nothing less than the authentic flavor of real tobacco will do.

Heated tobacco products are an attempt to bridge the gap between vaping and combustible cigarettes by providing an alternative that contains tobacco but isn’t smoked. When you use a heated tobacco product, you “smoke” a cigarette-like tobacco plug that’s inserted into a battery-powered heating device. The device heats the tobacco to a precise temperature, vaporizing the nicotine without causing combustion. So far, expert analysis suggests that heated tobacco products are probably riskier to health than vaping. However, it’s also likely that they’re less risky than cigarettes. If you’ve tried vaping and weren’t able to quit smoking, though, it might be worthwhile to try a heated tobacco product.

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