Herbal cigarette

A pack of tobacco-free American Indian brand herbal cigarettes

Herbal cigarettes (also called tobacco-free cigarettes or nicotine-free cigarettes) are cigarettes that do not contain any tobacco, instead being composed of a mixture of various herbs and/or other plant material.[1] Such cigarettes are not to be confused with non-additive or natural tobacco cigarette varieties. Like herbal smokeless tobacco, they are often used as a substitute for standard tobacco products (primarily cigarettes), and many times are promoted as a tobacco cessation aid. Herbal cigarettes are also used in acting scenes by performers who are non-smokers, or—as is becoming increasingly common—where anti-smoking legislation prohibits the use of tobacco in public spaces.[2][3][4]


Paper and filter

Herbal cigarettes are most often made using standard-issue rolling papers and cigarette filters.

Herbal blend

A wide range of consumable products may be used as a filling, in lieu of tobacco. Corn silk and a number of flavorful herbs, such as mint, cinnamon or lemongrass, have been utilized by a wide number of herbal cigarette producers.[5] Other manufacturers have included non-herbs like rose petals or clover leaves. Some use the flavorless bagasse and make the herbal cigarette depend on the flavoring; this is especially common in shisha. Some are made with dried lettuce.

Herbal cigarettes are not viewed as physically addictive, as they do not contain addictive substances.


Originating from the United Kingdom in 1947, the seemingly oldest brand of herbal cigarettes are Honeyrose and Black Swan; they are currently sold worldwide.[6][7]

See also


  1. "Alert over herbal cigarettes". BBC News. February 5, 1999.
  2. McLean, Craig (January 3, 2011). "Rufus Sewell interview". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  3. "Will the Herbal-Cigarette Ban Make a Quitter Out of Don Draper? - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Thedailybeast.com. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  4. What to Stream Now. "'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm on Smoking Clove Cigarettes - Vulture". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  5. Thompson, Dennis (2011-08-31). "Are Herbal and "Natural" Cigarettes Safer? - Smoking Cessation Center". EverydayHealth.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  6. Archived January 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20111230051651/http://www.honeyrose.co.uk/prod.html. Archived from the original on December 30, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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