Nicotine-free cigarettes do exist – but don’t mistake them for “safe” cigarettes. Herbal cigarettes made from cocoa bean shells, lemon grass, mint, and other herbs are marketed as nicotine-free alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. They may not contain any nicotine, but these cigarettes expose you to disease-causing toxins, tar, and carbon monoxide just as smoking regular cigarettes do.
Don’t be lured by clove cigarettes, either. Clove cigarettes and bidis, a type of flavored cigarette popular in India and south Asia, are often marketed as safe, natural, or additive-free. The trouble is that clove cigarettes are usually 60% to 80% tobacco and 20% to 40% ground clove buds, so they contain plenty of nicotine. Bidis are basically flavored tobacco cigarettes and may deliver more nicotine to your system than a regular cigarette does.
Electronic cigarettes, which are battery operated and available in different flavors, are another option you should avoid. The cartridges are generally loaded with nicotine as well as other chemicals, some of them toxins. The e-cigarette converts these into a vapor the “smoker” inhales, so the nicotine and toxins still enter your system.Sources:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/PDF/NNCollections/NNNicotine.pdf: Alternative Cigarettes May Deliver More Nicotine Than Conventional Cigarettes