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Types of Tobacco

There are more ways to use tobacco than with cigarettes. Learn about some of the health risks associated with other forms of tobacco use.

Other forms of tobacco, such as smokeless, hookah, cigars and electronic cigarettes, are not safe alternatives to smoking. All of these alternatives have been linked to significant health risks.

  • Hookah
    Hookah is also called names such as goza, narghile, and shisha and is basically a water pipe.

  • Smokeless Tobacco
    These are forms of smokeless tobacco, which are placed directly in the mouth or between the lower lip and gums.

  • Cigars
    A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle usually made of one type of tobacco, while cigarettes are made from different blends of tobacco.

  • Electronic Cigarette (E-cigarette)
    Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals.


This information has been approved by Amy Lukowski, PsyD (August 2015).