Didn't the FDA reclassify cigarettes as "nicotine delivery systems"? This seems to take that idea to its logical extreme. I really don't know that I'd entice a nonsmoker/ non-tobacco user to nicotine; it is a very addictive substance. (No doubt people easily, happily kick pred.)
That said, when it's all added up, I don't know that a few cigarettes a day are the end of the world. For various reasons, that's where I'll probably end up. Three to five cigarettes keep my uc under control. (That, and something else the censors won't let us discuss.)
My doc gets one last shot the first week of June. I'd opt for surgery but I just don't have the time. I quit smoking two and a half years ago and I've been in some sort of flare since then. Too long, too many doctors, too many meds. When I think back to my smoking days, I was a lot healthier than I am now. I even ran marathons then.
I've tried non-tobacco cigarettes. They don't do the trick. All the CO and none of the nicotine. They also taste awful and smell like burning garbage too. If the CO is at play, it's definitely in combination with nicotine.