In recent years, the consumption of bites has increased enormously. It has become a popular way to use tobacco, especially among young people who after the crisis thought it was a cheaper option to smoke.
Wrapping your own tobacco for smoking has become a more popular option in some social circles, and the idea has spread that it is less harmful than consuming a conventional cigarette.
Is it true that biting smoking is better for your health than smoking bagged tobacco? In this article, we will see what is true in this area, because it is something that many people are convinced of.
What is packaging tobacco?
First of all, it should be specified that the bite is understood as this type of tobacco that comes off, without appearing in the form of a cigarette already prepared.
While this type of tobacco can be used for other modes of consumption such as pipe smoking, it is currently much better known for the preparation of cigarettes. To be able to do that you should buy this tobacco in bulk in addition to paper and filters. Everything is sold separately, usually in plastic packaging of different brands.
While the most common is that cigarettes are made by hand, these cigarettes can also be made using machines. These allow you to achieve good uniformity when rolling the cigarette. On the other hand, there are also preparations of cigarettes in which it is sufficient to add the inside of the rolling tobacco.
5 big myths about the consumption of this substance
There have been a lot of people who have gone for the bite thinking it was better than conventional tobacco, but usually the reasons are not as true as you might think.
Below, we’ll demystify the key points that lead many smokers to think that roll-your-own tobacco is a better option for them. Let’s see why, in most cases, worrying about biting or packet smoking doesn’t make sense.
1. Tobacco is more natural
some smokers they believe that roll-your-own tobacco is more natural and contains fewer additives than cigarettes already made in a factory. By not reaching the last possible stage of its production process, it is assumed that the contents of the package are more natural or organic, and therefore healthier.
But the truth is that in addition to nicotine, they also process loose tobacco and add harmful additives. For example, there are substances that help retain moisture or reduce the smell of tobacco smoke.
2. Paper is healthier
“If it’s not for tobacco, then it will be for paper.” This is what some people think, believing that if the tobacco does not vary much, the role of the bite is probably much better.
Packaged tobacco cigarettes come with a white paper that has additives added so it doesn’t go out until we take a sip. Instead, the role of the bite it goes off as soon as you stop smoking.
From this, many people think that the paper of the sting is better because it burns more slowly. In addition, it is thinner, so there is less substance to inhale other than tobacco. But it is important not to be fooled. This item continues to carry toxic substances into our body.
3. Smoke fewer cigarettes
There are people who consider that if they buy a bite, they end up smoking less. If you talk to them they will give you different reasons like the paper comes out more, it makes them lazy to make cigarettes or they just don’t like it that much and that makes them want to smoke less.
These are strategies that can reduce a person’s smoke, along with other related factors that we will see. The truth is that smokers who consume bites in general have been shown to smoke less than those who smoke conventional manufactured tobacco cigarettes. But as we will see later, it should also be borne in mind that roll-your-own tobacco puts other issues on the table.
4. Better to use less tobacco
While cigarettes can be loaded more, being able to generally choose how much tobacco a cigarette carries is tantamount to wanting to smoke less.
There are those who make cigarettes thinner, that is, with less tobacco, believing that it is a good solution to smoke less. But as we saw in the previous point, trying to find ways to smoke less is not always a good idea.
Smoking thinner cigarettes can even make us smoke more, so less nicotine is consumed than what we are used to. Plus, if it ends up being the case, it ends up consuming more paper, and therefore more toxic substances that aren’t even tobacco.
Smoking thinner cigarettes can even cause you to inhale harder, which also requires you to breathe. tar and other harmful substances in your lungs.
5. It’s healthier
This idea is the conclusion one comes to after believing some of the above points. We left this point until the end to look at different factors that allow us to definitively deny that roll-your-own tobacco is a healthier option for your body.
Below we go over some of the most relevant aspects to consider for our health. The bite of tobacco and conventional tobacco are bad, obviously, however there are differences that research on this topic has revealed.
Roll-your-own tobacco may be viewed as a less harmful smoking option, but the results do not say the same. As with conventional tobacco smokers, wrap tobacco smokers have a higher incidence of certain cancers such as lung, mouth, pharynx, and larynx.
Outraged, a much higher concentration of tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine was found in wrapped tobacco compared to conventional tobacco. A greater oxidative effect was also found in the cells of the body in experiments which studied two types of tobacco.
5.2. Carbon monoxide
People who smoke wrapper tobacco have more carbon monoxide in their blood. As notable aspects, we can state that it hurts the arteries and leads to a decrease in the respiratory capacity and the efficiency of the transport of nutrients to the blood.
It has been studied that by wrapping tobacco, more paper is burned and more carbon monoxide is produced. Precisely, therefore, it can worsen vascular pathology, Very suffered in smokers.
5.3. Nicotine addiction and its presence in the blood
Once we stop finding nicotine in our body after an hour or two of smoking, other harmful molecules like cotinine continue to stay there. Cotinine is a substance produced in the metabolism of nicotine.
Remnants of this substance have been found in the blood for longer in people who smoke packaging tobacco than in people who smoke conventional tobacco. But anyway, no difference was found between smoking addiction towards nicotine consumption in general.
5.4. Decreased attempts to quit
A large portion of smokers have been bitten because they think it’s best for them. Perhaps this is why research shows poorer results in attempts to quit smoking. Packaging of tobacco consumers they are less likely to stop.
The smoker’s ability to quit this habit, a concept known as self-efficacy, is lower in the case of roll-your-own tobacco smokers. This perception makes the motivation to quit the bad habit weaker and therefore more difficult to walk away from this drug.
5.5. Stress and addiction
If you want to avoid smoking, your best bet is of course to quit smoking. Smoking a bite may make you smoke a little less, but as we’ll see, it’s not all about the number of cigarettes. And although sometimes we make mistakes and deprive ourselves of certain cigarettes, anxiety that can be generated by not having the substance can increase anxiety.
It is not a good solution for our body; suffering from stress is also bad for our health.
In any case, we can say that the anguish brought on by the restriction of a substance on which we are addicted is an unequivocal sign of addiction. And when it comes to results when it comes to the level of nicotine addiction it refers to, it’s as addictive as conventional tobacco.
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- Rodríguez Araujo, O. (2010). Tobacco: lies and exaggerations. Mexico: Orfila.