Herbal Cigarettes are not Healthy

Published on December 10th, 2009 12:06
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As all of us know, due to the herbs our ancestors protected their health. However despite popular belief, researchers have found recently that Chinese herbal cigarettes that blend curative herbs with tobacco are precisely also addictive and no safer than regular cigarettes.

Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, explained: “The public needs to know that herbal cigarettes do not deliver fewer carcinogens. We expect that our findings will aid to drive away the myth that they are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, because they are not.”

Chinese herbal cigarettes became very popular in China and all over the World. That’s why anti-tobacco researchers decided to study these famous cigarettes. Glantz with his colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco and researchers at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, investigated the levels of four markers to find differences in the delivery of nicotine and carcinogens between the two marketed products. They compared 135 people who smoked herbal cigarettes and 143 people who smoked “regular” tobacco cigarettes.

They also analyzed participants’ urine samples and evaluated questionnaires, but the researchers didn’t observe important difference in the levels of all four markers: cotinine and trans-3’-hydroxycotinine (two markers of nicotine intake); and total 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-butanol and total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (two classes of carcinogens).

“Levels of carcinogens were duplicated with measures of nicotine intake, that’s mean that the more nicotine smokers took in, the higher the levels of carcinogens they took in,” Glantz added.

At the end of the investigation, researchers found that 47 percent of participants started to use herbal cigarettes only because herbal cigarettes had a “better taste”, but 24 percent smoked them only because of their health interests and the concept that herbal cigarettes were a healthier alternative attracted them the most. Most participants who switched to herbal cigarettes declared that they started to smoke more cigarettes per day than usually.

Researchers concluded that adding herbs to the cigarettes would not affect the nicotine, which is the addictive drug in tobacco, and cancer-causing chemicals in the smoke of cigarettes.

Researchers also gave an advice: “The Chinese tobacco industry should cut off deceiving the public when promoting herbal cigarettes as safer products than regular cigarettes.”

By Joanna Johnson, Staff Writer Copyright © 2010 TobaccoPub. All rights reserved.

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