was doing some searching around on the forum but couldn't find an answer to his question.
His question is, drumroll please, are the impacts of loose tobacco
and cigarettes on health any different? If so, which is less harmful?
SWIM's personal situation is this: He started smoking cigarettes three years ago, and initially it was a social thing, he and his little friends would smoke cigarettes when they went out to hang with friends. There was an unspoken rule that no one ever smoked more than two cigarettes per night out, and since school kept us busy at that time, that meant smoking between four and six cigarettes a night, about a pack a month in total.
The next progression would be probably the next year, when SWIM started smoking alone (His friend group expanded, and as smoking became more common, the two a night tradition was done away with). At this point swim would say he smoked about a pack a week, and he began purchasing rolling tobacco irregularly.
Next step - this year: SWIM has a lot more freedom now than he did then, and his intake of tobacco products has increased. Now he usually smokes once after classes, once when he gets home, and once or twice after he's finished working. Rolling tobacco has become a lot more common in his life, maybe one in three tobacco purchases being loose tobacco. All in all, swim is now smoking maybe two packs a week (Perhaps it is a little bit less than that).
SWIM used to think of his smoking as minimal, and he's sure it still is, compared to many, but as SWIM looks back now, he sees more than a couple of years of history, and though he always knew smoking was detrimental (D.A.R.E.!), now it is more and more frequently coming to the front of his thoughts- talk about ruining a good cigarette break.
SWIM wants to make it clear though, that if he is addicted to cigarettes, it is purely because of their attachment to different other things in his life, like his finishing classes, finishing work, or hanging out. When swim has chunks of time to himself, days in a row, that is, he won't smoke, and feels no desire to do so, excluding occasional bouts of boredom, when he thinks: Smoking is like waiting around, except you're smoking.
So SWIM's question stands: Is there a difference between rolling and factory tobacco in terms of impact to health? And, if so, which is the safer route?
SWIM's pre-packaged poisons of choice are: Marlboro Reds, Marlboro no.27s, and Camel Royals
SWIM's hand crafted poisons of choice are: DRUM Halfzware Shag, and Bali Shag Golden Shag.
If swim is an idiot and there's already a thread for this, he says he'd love a link.