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How Safe Is Tobacco That Melts In Your Mouth?

Big name tobacco brands are ramping up their presence in the dissolvable tobacco game, and consumers in test markets, as well as tobacco leafregulators, are trying to figure out what make of the new products.

Have scientists finally created a ‘safe’ cigarette?

When Sir Walter Raleigh brought back the first fragrant tobacco leaves to Britain from America, in 1578, he cannot have known he was kick-starting a habit that would end up killing more than five million people a year worldwide - more than die in wars, car crashes and from Aids combined.

A Safer Alternative to Cigarettes?

A British inventor has come up with a so-called “safe” cigarette: It’s a nicotine inhaler shaped like a cigarette that delivers doses of the addictive chemical equal to those of cigarettes. Unlike the real things, though, it doesn’t contain tobacco or burn when you puff it, so it doesn’t pollute the lungs with carcinogenic tar.

Can Cigarette Alternatives Deliver a Safer Fix?

Tobacco harm reduction—encouraging the use of cigarette alternatives as a way to reduce the public health impact of smoking—is the subject of fierce debate in the public health community.1 Some believe such alternatives perpetuate nicotine addiction in smokers and may even be manufactured and marketed specifically to keep smokers smoking.3 “The goal should be relief from addiction to nicotine, not long-term maintenance,” says Norman Edelman, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association.

If e-cigarettes aren’t harmful, then prove it

In 2005, Washington voters overwhelmingly passed the Smoking in Public Places Act to protect our residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke in public places and places of employment. While the benefits of this law are great, it came long after the health effects of secondhand smoke (death, disability and economic impacts) were well documented.

Fire Safe Cigarette Laws: More Harm than Good

Fire safe cigarettes or FSC laws seem like a great idea. The concept is that by making cigarettes less likely to burn, they are less likely to start fires, and laws requiring them would save lives.

Chinese ‘herbal’ cigarettes no healthier than regular cigarettes

PHILADELPHIA – Despite popular belief and some marketing claims, researchers have found that Chinese “herbal” cigarettes that Chinese 'herbal' cigarettescombine medicinal herbs with tobacco are just as addictive and no safer than regular cigarettes.

Are Safer Cigarettes a Corporate Ploy, and FDA Mistake?

Antismoking advocates recently pushed through legislation that gives the Food and Drug Administration broad new powers to regulate tobacco. The legislation requires that health warnings on tobacco products be larger, bans candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes, and sets other sales restrictions, seen by some as major steps in the campaign to reduce smoking.

Tobacco is Not Totally Safe Product

Cigarette smoke affects the whole planet as well as the smokers’ lungs. Unfortunately smokers can’t change the smoking effects.
While there’s nothing the smokers can do for to totally absolve all cigarette damages, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Tobacco is not a totally safe product. Because it’s very sensitive to disease, it needs a lot of pesticides. For example in the United States, tobacco farmers use 27 million pounds of the stuff every year. And a very small proportion of the 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides used in the United States, but growing tobacco results in the use of more pesticide per acre than raising most other crops, like: potatoes, tomatoes, citrus, grapes, and apples use more.
Tobacco differ from all crops, and even it method of drying is a special one. The most common method of drying out tobacco leaves, called flue curing, needs an external warmth source.
All over the world, where 85 percent of the world’s tobacco is grown, usually it is cured in a wood-burning fire. But in the United States, tobacco curing is more likely to be fueled by oil, coal, or liquid petroleum gas.
The tobacco addiction can be lessening by switching to organically grown leaf, which at least addresses the pesticide issue. Organic tobacco is still cured using external heat.
Surely organic cigarettes aren’t quit better for smokers’ health than traditional brands. Most of the unsafe components found in secondhand smoke come from burning of the leaf itself, rather than from chemical additives. So a “natural” tobacco cigarette will still produce carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and sticky, carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Scientists found that toxic nitrosamines are formed during the tobacco curing process, which is a very big problem.
Anti-smoking researchers showed in a lot of studies that cigarette emits about 14 milligrams of fine particulate matter, the small little fragments that can get stuck in lungs and cause health problems. And statistics show that the global tobacco industry manufactures approximately 5.5 trillion cigarettes annually.
Unfortunately there’s not much smokers can do on the air-pollution furthermore smoking less. But choosing a different kind of cigarette won’t help. For example R.J. Reynolds does produce a cigarette like product called the Eclipse, in which charcoal is used to heat the tobacco, rather than burn it. The Eclipse produces 86 percent to 90 percent less particulate matter than a traditional cigarette, which makes it a better choice, environmentally speaking. But claims that it’s a “safer” smoke overall are as yet unproven, and its founder is being sued over the matter.