FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions concerning nicotine-free cigarettes

Are nicotine-free cigarettes less harmful than nicotine-containing cigarettes?

Nicotine-free cigarettes are just as harmful as nicotine-containing cigarettes. The only difference is, that nicotine-free cigarettes are not addicting.

Are nicotine-free cigarettes a suitable aid for every smoker to quit?

Nicotine-free cigarettes are an aid for smokers that are addicted to nicotine, that are unable to stop smoking on their own. Surveys show that the majority, however, not all smokers are addicted to nicotine. The goal of our project is to obtain accurate data on how many smokers will quit smoking after switching to nicotine-free cigarettes and on how the success rates will differ between the different types of smokers.

Who should not smoke nicotine-free cigarettes?

We advise pregnant women and people with illnesses not to smoke nicotine-free cigarettes. Please be aware of the fact, that nicotine-free cigarettes are not less harmful than regular cigarettes. The only difference is, that they are not addictive. Each inhalation of smoke is inevitably accompanied by the uptake of numerous carcinogenic substances.

Where can I buy nicotine-free cigarettes?

At this point tobacco-based nicotine-free cigarettes are not available on the market. The only product that is offered is socalled herbal tobacco, which differs in taste, smell and burning-behaviour and usually is not acceted by consumers.

I have stopped smoking a while ago, but now constantly have to fight the urge to smoke. Could nicotine-free cigarettes help me?

If you quit smoking without the use of nicotine-free cigarettes, we recommend that you continue to fight the urge to smoke and don’t smoke nicotine-free cigarettes. Since the key situations in your case have not been treated, the consumption of nicotine-free cigarettes may increase your urge to smoke. If an ex-smoker is not aware of this effect, there is a high risk of misinterpretation and therefore a high risk of a relapse.

How long does it take until the desire to smoke has vanished?

Although numerous surveys have confirmed the weaning effect of nicotine-free cigarettes, reliable figures are not available yet, due to the small numbers of participating test persons. Within our project we want to organize the biggest scientific survey on nicotine-free cigarettes ever conducted and this way generate scientific evidence regarding the success rates and detailed figures on the weaning-process as well as -duration when switching to nicotine-free cigarettes.

The information currently available shows, that after switching to nicotine-free cigarettes, the number of cigarettes smoked per day initially slightly increases. This is due to the overcoming of the nicotine addiction, which enhances the urge to smoke during the first weeks. After three weeks the nicotine addiction is overcome (the number of acetylcholine receptors has decreased to the level of a non-smoker).

After this period cessation beginns. Gradually the desire to smoke decreases. On average, smoking is given up within three months.

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What is nicotine-free tobacco made of?

We work with special tobacco plants that have a very low nicotine content by nature.  By applying a varietie of classical techniques of cultivation we are able to reduce the nicotine content even further. Genetic manipulation or the use of chemical substances does not take place.

A lab analysis carried out by bilacon GmbH has revealed that the nicotine content of our cigarettes is not detectable.

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