What are different types of cigarette smoking

E-cigarettes, water pipes, snus etc.

The many types of nicotine consumption

You probably know that cigarette consumption makes you highly dependent and that it can lead to serious damage to your health.

But do you also know that other forms of tobacco consumption such as water pipes, snuff, chewing tobacco, cannabis or smokeless cigarettes face the same dangers?

Cigarette smoke contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and many other substances such as arsenic, hydrogen cyanide and nitrosamines.

Nicotine, in particular, leads to dependence, while other smoke ingredients can cause serious damage to health and even cancer. You and many young people know that.

What is less well known, however, is that all other types of tobacco consumption can also lead to dependency and damage to health, including water pipes, snuff, chewing tobacco and snus.


Take the water pipe as an example. Many believe that the water filters out the pollutants contained in the smoke. That is a big mistake. The smoke from the water pipe contains practically the same pollutants as the cigarette. Smoking water pipes (shishas) is just as harmful as smoking a cigarette. Toxic and carcinogenic substances reach the lungs quickly and deeply. By smoking a water pipe for a long time, the body actually absorbs significantly more nicotine than by smoking a cigarette.

Water pipes (shishas) are therefore not an alternative to cigarettes.

Many young people believe that snuff, chewing tobacco or snus are harmless because no smoke is inhaled. This assumption is wrong. It is true that damage to health does not occur as frequently and as seriously as with cigarette consumption. But basically there is also an increased risk for everyone who sniff, chew or suck tobacco, especially for cancer, because with these types of tobacco consumption nicotine and carcinogenic substances are absorbed into the body through the oral or nasal mucous membranes. The nicotine it contains can lead to dependence and stress the heart and circulation.