Are there cigarettes with no nicotine?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

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: Alternative Cigarettes May Deliver More Nicotine Than Conventional Cigarettes


Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Herbal cigarettes that don't contain nicotine are available. In fact, they're what actors on TV and in the movies smoke, because smoking tobacco in the workplace (in this case, the set) isn't allowed in most states. Just because these products lack nicotine doesn't mean they're safer than tobacco cigarettes or even safe at all. Herbal cigarette smoke contains plenty of chemicals that are known to cause cancer.
Irwin Isaacs
There are some non nicotine cigarette substitutes that some people use to help them stop smoking.
Robert S. Kaufmann, MD
Internal Medicine

There are cigarette's with no nicotine but they are not popular and they don't satisfy nicotine craving.

Piedmont Heart Institute
There are cigarettes that do not have any nicotine. However, nicotine is only one of many substances that are toxic or potentially poisonous to our body. These chemicals may promote disease such as cancer and heart disease. Even non-tobacco products have chemicals that are potentially toxic or poisonous to our system and may promote serious illnesses

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