One could argue that nicotine (or hallucinigens ) is the reason smoking _anything_ became a thing to begin with. In fact, I would argue that.I smoked cigarettes for 25+ years, quit ten years ago.
I quit cold turkey for about a month then picked up the pipe, which I couldn't understand while I smoked cigarettes: Why smoke something you don't inhale?
I enjoy the stronger blends. Nicotine has a place in my life.