Affordable Smoking Alternatives That Are Smoke Free

Lower cost smoking alternatives

Adult smokers are asking questions about the different alternatives to smoking. Whether you smoke readymade cigarettes or prefer to roll your own with loose tobacco and papers, you are unlikely to have missed the headlines about the alternative products that have sprung up.

The latest smoking and cigarette alternatives fall into three broad categories – Heated Tobacco, vaping, and nicotine pouches – all of which have come increasingly to the forefront due to technical innovations over the past 50 years.

Why use nicotine based smoking alternatives?

There are plenty of reasons why smokers are opting to find smoking alternatives. Whatever your reason might be for pursuing an alternative, there is an option to suit you.

Smoke and the smoke smell are a big consideration, and the good news is that Heated Tobacco products like Ploom only produce a tobacco-enriched vapour that does not smell. The exclusive EVO tobacco sticks that Ploom works with, are heated using our unique HeatFlow™ technology. Quite simply the stick never touches the heating element and so, there’s no burning, no ash and, of course, no smoke.

Vaping products are perhaps more widely recognised than Heated Tobacco devices currently, but only because they came to the market first. What distinguishes the two is that vapes work with an e-liquid which is tobacco-free and may or may not include nicotine.

Nicotine pouches differ again because they are both tobacco and vapour-free. You simply insert them under your lip, next to your gum for a flavoured nicotine experience anytime, anywhere. We will go over each of these alternatives in depth.

Three smoking and cigarette alternatives that won't break the bank

1. Heated Tobacco

Heated Tobacco is quickly emerging as a modern alternative to traditional smoking. And it’s easy to use—simply insert the tobacco stick into the battery-powered device. Heated Tobacco offers an authentic experience with real tobacco taste—but because the tobacco is heated instead of burned, there is minimal charring, which means no smoke smell, minimal cleaning and no tar. *

Many enjoy Heated Tobacco because it offers a variety of flavours not available with traditional cigarettes. For example, users can choose from a selection of fruit flavour options, including apple and grape, or there are even two different menthol options for all the mint-lovers out there. That said, classic flavours are also available for those who enjoy the flavour profile that traditional tobacco provides.

Heated Tobacco is also smoke free, which makes it easy to use in many situations. With Heated Tobacco, there’s no ash, tar*, or smoke smell. In addition, Heated Tobacco products like Ploom can be more cost efficient than traditional smoking—you can even compare the price.

*Potential saving includes the cost of a Ploom device. Calculation compares the average cost of smoking 20 cigarettes and consuming 20 EVO tobacco sticks per day. With 20 sticks in a pack and a recommended retail price of £4.50, EVO costs a third of the price of a pack of cigarettes. The current average selling price of a pack of 20 king size cigarettes is £15.66 (ONS data March 2024).

For those looking to explore this smoke-free alternative to cigarettes, the transition to Heated Tobacco tends to be easy. After all, the experience feels familiar. It’s also easy to find Ploom at our retail stores as well as many newsagents around London.

You can find more info about EVO tobacco sticks and the variety of flavours available in the range in All About EVO tobacco sticks,  

*This does not mean that the use of Ploom is safe or eliminates the health risks associated with tobacco use.

2. Vaping

Another well-known smoking alternative is vaping. Vaping devices, often called e-cigarettes, heat e-liquid to turn it into vapour. There are many kinds of vaping devices that all use what’s called an e-liquid—the liquid contained in the sticks, which is available in a variety of flavours and nicotine strengths. Vaping produces an aerosol “cloud” of the e-liquid, instead of smoke. Because it’s smoke-free, vaping is easy to enjoy in many situations.

A cigalike looks like a cigarette and has an e-liquid tip and small disposable or rechargeable batteries. Pod vapes are smaller devices that use pre-filled e-liquid pods. These types of devices make switching between pods simple and are easy to carry anywhere. Open-tank vape devices allow you to fill the tank with your preferred e-liquid. These devices offer more customisation—like the amount of vapour produced, for example. There are even vaping mods, which are larger and more sophisticated devices that offer even more customisation for experienced vapers.

3. Nicotine pouches

Nicotine pouches are a smoke-free, tobacco-free alternative to smoking. Pouches are placed under the lip, and the nicotine is absorbed through the gums. Because nicotine pouches are discrete, they can be used anywhere. They’re also hands-free, which makes them convenient. Nicotine pouches are available in a wide variety of flavours and strengths.

While nicotine pouches are a different kind of experience than traditional smoking, many enjoy using them for their convenience.


Which smoke-free nicotine alternative is right for me?

There are various alternatives to smoking cigarettes and each offers its own unique experience, so it truly depends on what you’re looking for.

Ploom offers an authentic tobacco experience that’s smoke-free, easy to use and available in a variety of flavours. If you are ready to find out more, then this article Heated Tobacco vs Smoking Cost explains the key cost comparisons between.

Are you 18 or over and a smoker or vaper?

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