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Good And Bad Alternatives To Tobacco

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Smoking is a habit that has been around for a very long time. It was the Briton Sir Walter Raleigh who is credited with making tobacco very popular in Europe after his explorations in Virginia in America. But while there are many people who enjoy a good puff on an old-school tobacco cigarette, there are countless other substances that are consumed around the world on a daily basis. Some of these are highly dangerous and often illegal narcotics and others are very acceptable and healthy alternatives. Whatever your particular brand of poison, here’s a quick look at some of the alternatives options out there. 

New school solution 

Increasingly electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity. In fact, such has been there recent rise in prominence and fashion that the phrase cheap vape Australia has reportedly become one of the most widely search for phrases in that country. The allure of the vape is that it is healthy and that it comes in multiple flavours, and that although the product has a smell when smoking it, it doesn’t leave the consumer smelling like a stale ashtray at the end of the day. In short, vapes are becoming increasingly popular and they are quickly going about introducing a whole new generation of smokers to the pleasures of the past-time. 

Edgy and arty 

Originating in China and hugely popular in the 1800’s the opium den brought with it a certain degree of class and an arty air. Visitors would typically recline on comfortable couches where they would heat their opium bowls over oil lamps while being entertained and served. Having originated in the east, the opium dens became very popular in the west where major cities like San Francisco, New York and Paris all had thriving scenes. Although opium smoking was eventually outlawed it continued for a long time, with dens often hidden in back-rooms, typically behind Chinese owned businesses. 

Jamaican me crazy 

Typically associated with Jamaica and the Caribbean, Marijuana is widely smoked around the world. Once the domain of rebels and hippies the weed has become increasingly acceptable at all levels of society, firstly due to its medicinal benefits and secondly due to the fact that smokers tend to be very chilled out and calm. Advocates for the drug point out that while too much alcohol can lead to all sorts of dangerous and aggressive tendencies by its consumers that weed smokers tend to stick peacefully to themselves. 

Don’t try this at home 

Hard core addicts often smoke pharmaceuticals that were never intended to be smoked. Although they leave you very high they are also very addictive and dangerous and should, realistically be avoided at all costs. Methaqualone, known as Ludes in the United States or as Mandrakes or Mandrax in Europe and Australia this product was often combined with other substances to create a range of effects, sometimes an upper and sometimes a downer, always highly addictive. Still popular in some areas, this product has largely been surpassed in popularity with hard-core users by the significantly more fashionable and easily accessible Methamphetamine.