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Cigarette Alternatives – The Best Substitutes for Classic Cigarettes

Cigarette Alternatives – 10 Substitutes for Classic Cigarettes

Are you looking for more environmentally friendly and healthier alternatives to cigarettes? Then you've come to the right place! Reaching for a nicotine cigarette is firmly anchored in the everyday habits of many people. Smoking gives them a certain routine, security, relaxation and also stability in stressful times.

However, the consequences of smoking and nicotine addiction are fatal. From cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer to the financial burden and environmental damage caused by Cigarette butts in nature.

All these motives have ensured that more and more smokers are looking for tobacco-free options or even a completely smoke-free replacement for traditional cigarettes. Also to escape their habits or to quit smoking altogether.

In this article, I would like to give you a clear overview of the most important cigarette alternatives and their advantages and disadvantages. Let's go!

1. disposable e-cigarettes

Let's start with a substitute for cigarettes, the Not reusable or rechargeable is: disposable e-cigarettes or disposable vapes. Although they are tobacco-free and simulate the smoking experience, so to speak, they also produce a lot of waste.


  • No maintenance necessary
  • Easy to use


  • Not reusable and therefore resource-intensive
  • More expensive in the long term than other cigarette alternatives

Good to know: Disposable products are the symbol of a Disposable societywhich we don't want to be. You can find out more about this in the linked blog article.

2. reusable e-cigarettes

E-cigarette as an alternative to cigarettes

However, there are also reusable e-cigarettes such as the Lost Mary Tappowhich can be recharged and refilled with e-liquid. They are not smokeless, but compared to the disposable alternative they are definitely a More cost-efficient and environmentally friendly replacement.


  • Reusable and therefore more sustainable than disposable options
  • Customizable nicotine strengths and flavors


  • Regular maintenance and cleaning required
  • Initial costs are of course somewhat higher

3. snus (chewing tobacco)

Snus is a moist, smokeless but nicotine-containing tobacco that you can simply place under the lip. It is particularly popular in Scandinavian countries and offers a smoke-free alternative for those who consume tobacco but do not want to smoke.


  • Smoke-free and therefore less harmful to the lungs
  • Enables discreet consumption of tobacco products


  • Can lead to gum and mouth problems
  • Contains nicotine and still poses health risks

4. nicotine chewing gum and nicotine lozenges

Alternative, combustion-free sources of nicotine also include special chewing gum and lozenges that contain nicotine, but no tar and carbon monoxide.

They help heavy smokers in particular to stop smoking. Gradually satisfy the craving for nicotinewithout smoking tobacco. These are therefore quite simple but in practice all the more effective means of quitting smoking.


  • Can alleviate symptoms of nicotine withdrawal
  • Enable controlled nicotine intake until complete cessation


  • Still contain the neurotoxin nicotine
  • Are not intended for long-term use

5. shock bracelet

There are also technical wristbands that deliver light electric shocksas soon as you indulge in an undesirable behavior (such as smoking). With a tool like this, you condition yourself (and your brain), so to speak, and can wean yourself off the craving for a fag relatively quickly.


  • Immediate means of suppressing cravings
  • Relatively simple to use


  • It feels a bit masochistic and can be quite agonizing
  • Success is heavily dependent on the willingness of users

6. vaporizer

Replacing cigarettes with a vaporizer

Looking for another substitute for cigarettes? With a so-called vaporizer you can Heat natural herbs, oils or waxes and inhale the resulting steam. They are available in various forms - from small, portable pens to larger desktop devices.


  • Slightly healthier substitute for cigarettes (as there is no combustion)
  • Reusable and more environmentally friendly alternative to disposable products


  • Acquisition costs are higher than for cigarettes
  • Requires regular maintenance and cleaning

Good to know: A vaporizer is different from a vape or e-cigarette. It has a heating chamber in which dried herbs are vaporized. An e-cigarette, on the other hand, heats and vaporizes liquids that have been specially developed as a substitute for tobacco.

7. herbal cigarettes

The herbal cigarette offers smokers another, at least somewhat healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. They contain neither tobacco nor nicotineconsist of a mixture of different herbs, such as raspberry leaves and lavender.


  • Are free from tobacco and nicotine
  • Can reduce the craving for classic cigarettes


  • Combustion continues to produce harmful substances (e.g. tar)
  • Not so strictly regulated (ingredients therefore vary greatly)

Good to know: Are Are cigarettes actually vegan - and do vegans smoke at all? Questions upon questions. I provide you with the answers in the linked article.

8. nicotine spray

Look more beautiful, stay healthy, smell better, protecting the environment, saving money - there really are many Good reasons to stop smoking. Nicotine sprays can also help you with this. Release nicotine into the bloodstream via the mucous membranes of the mouth or nose. You can also reduce your craving for a cigarette step by step and give up smoking.


  • Fast and discreet relief from withdrawal symptoms
  • Nicotine intake can be precisely controlled and reduced


  • Use may cause irritation of the nasal or oral mucosa
  • Definitely not a long-term solution

9. nicotine patches

Another smoke-free option are so-called nicotine patches, which continuously a small amount of nicotine through the skin to your body and help you to stop smoking. They are available in different dosages and alleviate the withdrawal symptoms as well as the craving for a cigarette.


  • Are easy to use and very discreet
  • Deliver an even dose of nicotine through the skin throughout the day


  • Can cause unpleasant skin irritation
  • Still require the willpower not to smoke anyway

10. distracting, alternative activities

Creative and sporting hobbies as an alternative to cigarettes

There really are countless Tips for quitting smoking! Since many people reach for a cigarette out of boredom, one of them is a cigarette, keep your fingers and feet busy at all times. Hobbies and healthier activities that you really enjoy doing on a regular basis are particularly helpful.

Here are some Things you can do as an alternative to smoking a cigarette could:

  • Exercise: The movement helps with Stress Reliefdistracts you and promotes your physical and mental health. For example, go jogging with friends twice a week.
  • Meditate and do breathing exercises: Focusing on your breath, your emotional world and your dreams will help you to cope with withdrawal symptoms and calm your mind. For example, treat yourself to a 10-minute meditation session every morning after getting up.
  • Pursue creative activitiesIf you love doing something and find fulfillment in it, it will help you to quit smoking. This could be hobbies such as painting, drawing, handicrafts or even pottery.

Of course, I don't want to withhold the advantages and disadvantages from you here either:


  • Promotes a healthier lifestyle and personal development
  • Helps to permanently reduce the craving for cigarettes


  • Requires initial, intrinsic motivation and openness to new ideas
  • Some activities take some time to become a habit

Use cigarette alternatives for smoking cessation

Now you have learned about the most important available alternatives to cigarettes. I hope that you find the right substitute for you and that it helps you in the short, medium or long term, Quit smoking completely.

Because as long as you smoke or consume nicotine every day, you and continue to harm your health. Who wants to grow old healthilymust be willing to give up smoking and the consumption of the neurotoxin step by step. And if you simply can't do it on your own, then perhaps a challenge with friends or professional smoking cessation therapy will help you.

"The purest form of insanity is to leave everything as it is and hope that something will change."

Albert Einstein (more under Change Quotes)

Do you have any questions, suggestions or do you know of other alternatives to cigarettes? Then I look forward to your comment.

Stay healthy and environmentally conscious,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: Have you also heard that Eating meat is the new smoking is supposed to be? I got to the bottom of this theory in the linked article and actually found some similarities. Have a look!

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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