The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA reports that the increase of smoke-free zones around the world follows indisputable data that smoke-free laws help improve the health of the general population.

More public spaces where travelers frequent, like parks or beaches, currently have a designated smoking ban. Singapore is one of the more recent locations that extended their smoke-free policies, along with Costa Rica’s Jacó Beach this June.

Additionally, most modes of transportation have strict guidelines on smoking, particularly public utility vehicles and public transportation terminals.

We spelled the solution out clearly in our previous article on staying healthy when you travel: avoid smoking. This has zero benefits for your body but plenty of risks, and can be extra dangerous when you’re in a foreign location.

With the variety of cigarette alternatives out there, world travelers can see the world while mitigating their cravings for nicotine. Some of these options even taste better too. Intrigued? Keep reading for our top cigarette alternatives for travelers who want to quit.


1. Nicotine Gum

One of the most popular nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) options is nicotine gum. Light and portable, this is taken orally. Nicotine is released when the user bites the gum, and you have to place the item between the cheek and gums for about a minute to efficiently absorb the nicotine. You'll know it's working based on the tingling sensation that occurs after you bite the gum.

Continue the process for about 30 minutes until the tingling dissipates, and you can then take the next gum in 1-2 hours. Besides new gum startups like Lucy, the established Nicorette is a pioneer in the industry. They have several different flavors of gum including Cinnamon Surge or Fruit Chill, and even another ingestible option, the nicotine lozenges.

Many doctors end up recommending this option, and it's particularly convenient for tourists on the go.


2. Nicotine Pouches

Unfortunately, despite the benefits of nicotine gum you may still have to cross Singapore off your bucket list as they're the only country in the world that has banned chewing gum. Not to worry, though — there are still alternatives out there, and those alternatives include nicotine pouches.

The majority of airlines remain cautious of cigarette alternatives like the vape because e-cigarette still emit toxic vapor, which is flammable and highly detrimental to other guests. However, nicotine pouches pass the smoke, spit, and even stain-free test, which makes them a very popular NRT product as well.

Similar to gum, the pouch only needs to be placed between the upper lip and gum, and the nicotine is released in a small and steady stream. What makes the pouches very attractive is the wide range of options available. The range of flavors and strengths on Prilla vary from refreshing Wintergreen, Cool Mint, Spearmint, and Peppermint to fruity pouches, such as Mango, Apple, or Black Cherry. Users can also select from different strength options, 3mg all the way to 12mg of nicotine, depending on your preference.

In general, nicotine pouches are approved for public space use so as long as you dispose of them properly after use.


3. Nicotine Patches

Not to be confused with the earlier option, these are a topical alternative to the oral gum and pouch.

The patches are placed on dry, hair-free skin on the upper body and provide a steady, controlled dose of nicotine throughout the day. Because they are typically worn for 24 hours and can even last through showering or bathing, this discreet alternative is best for adventurous world travelers who would like to work, play, and relax in the outdoors.

Verywell Mind only cautions to avoid smoking while on the patch, and wearing one to sleep. If the cravings still overwhelm you enough to hamper your travels, increasing your dosage (21mg, 14mg, and 7mg are usually available) can work, or you can try pairing them with a nicotine gum or pouch

Whether you're on your way to quitting or just need new alternatives, it's possible to travel with leisure without the baggage of nicotine control weighing you down. For more guides on meaningful travel and international opportunities, follow our leading directory One World 365 and be part of the thousands of people around the globe that book trips, programs and experiences overseas annually.