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A \'sweeter\' alternative to tobacco.

The 'No Smoking' signs in public places may soon become redundant. Tobacco companies in Britain are all set to launch mint candies containing nicotine in the market. Each candy will contain 1 mg of nicotine, the same as in one cigarette. The nicotine candy called cigarette, made mostly of crushed tobacco, would be sold in packets with the cost of each pack being the same as a packet of cigarettes. The advertising of the gum is being done aggressively to promote its image of being a socially appropriate form of 'smokeless' smoking. Though the cigarette's are meant to be sold in child resistant packages, they are being seen by experts as having the potential to attract children more than cigarettes do. Experts also believe that they could be more harmful since while smoking a person inhales nicotine by and by, whereas all the nicotine in the candy will be available to him at one go. Nicotine is an addictive substance that is present in cigarettes and in the long run causes diseases such as cancers of the lungs, mouth, throat and contributes to CHD and chronic lung disease. Smokers become addicted to nicotine with regular smoking and may show withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to shun the habit. Smoking and consumption of tobacco are two of the main causes of deaths all over the world. At a time when nicotine patches and other substances are endeavoring to reduce the incidence of consumption of addictive substances, such cigarette's may not stand in very good stead with anti-nicotine campaigners.
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One such herbal alternative is called wild dagga, or 'Lion's tail'. It has been used with great success as a tobacco alternative, as well as a cannabis alternative. It is completely legal in any place in the world and is available on thousands of websites online. It has an calming and euphoric effect helping one to be able to focus on getting on with life without all the nasty health issues that tobacco presents. Another alternative is the many other smoking blends called by various names. 'Devil's weed' smoking blend, 'Yuba Gold' smoking blend, 'Demonillia' smoking blend, 'Buddah's' blend, and hundreds of other alternatives that can give a very satisfying smoke without all the tar, nicotine, and the hundreds of other nasty chemical additives added by the companies to the tobacco or sprayed on the paper to make it even more addictive. (Don't believe it? Try holding any brand of cigarettes under a black light!)
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What are the withdrawal effects of smoking? Withdrawal symptoms begin as soon as four hours after the last cigarette, generally peak in intensity at three to five days, and disappear after two weeks. They include both physical and mental symptoms. During the quitting process people should consider the physical symptoms like tingling in the hands and feet, sweating, intestinal disorders (cramps, nausea), and headache. Tension and craving build up during periods of withdrawal, sometimes to a nearly intolerable point. Nearly every moderate to heavy smoker experiences strong emotional and mental responses like feelings of being an infant, temper tantrums, intense needs, feelings of dependency, a state of near paralysis, insomnia, mental confusion, vagueness, irritability, anxiety to withdrawal.
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Where can one get these smoking blends that have been talked about? Are these easily available in India?
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