Although being addicted to nicotine gum is not worse than actually smoking, it still does nothing to free you of nicotine forever.
It’s just another way to feed your body what it requires to get your fix.
It’s just another NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) to curb the physical withdrawal.
Works for some, not others.
There are different degrees of taking it. If you smoke a pack a day, you’ll be chewing lots of gum. If you hardly smoke at all, you may need only one kit.
It all depends.
In my personal experience, I found that nicotine gum was just as expensive as regular smoking, maybe a little less. I went through them quickly.
After a while though, I gave up because I didn’t feel that the gum was really doing anything worthwhile.
I still thought about all those moments in life in which I would most likely be wanting to smoke. So for me, it didn’t work. It didn’t take away the mental cravings.
But it DOES curb the physical side effects, so perhaps it may work for you. Feel free to experiment.
The process involves completely stopping your regular habit, and then replacing cigarettes with a piece of gum whenever the cravings strike.
How does it work?
When you put it in your mouth, you tuck it safely away in the corner of your mouth along the gum line. Most people wedge it between their gums on the top of their mouth, so it gets stuck.
The whole point is so it doesn’t move. You shouldn’t be playing with it.
This isn’t your everyday bubblegum. You can’t blow bubbles with it. There are no juicy centers.
This is purely medicinal, to be used by people who are serious about quitting. This is why you need an ID to buy some. This is only for adults.
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So you don’t actually chew the gum, you just position it in the upper part of your mouth between your gums.
After a few minutes, you’ll begin to feel a tingling sensation. This is nicotine entering through the membranes of your mouth.
If you craved a cigarette before putting a piece of gum into your mouth, the tingling sensation should take that craving away.
Some people chew more than one piece at a time, so if that’s you, don’t worry, you are not alone. Just read the box and what you are supposed to do in your unique situation.
So, if you chew nicotine gum for a while, you’ll become addicted just like with cigarettes. That’s part of the problem.
Sure, you’re not smoking, and that’s fantastic, but now you have simply switched addictions. Are you better off?
Yes and no.
Yes, because you aren’t inhaling harmful chemicals anymore, which we all know is deadly. No, because you are still not in control of your everyday life.
You’re still a slave to nicotine. You’re still thinking about smoking, because you keep feeding your body nicotine.
You’re not going to be scheming for another piece of gum, you’re going to be scheming for a cigarette, especially if you’re drinking at a bar.
Yes, it takes away the physical cravings. That’s what it’s made for. It curbs them when they strike.
But what it doesn’t do is take away the mental addiction. That’s the part that lasts the longest.
So if you choose this path that doesn’t even face most of the process, then what is the point? Chew it for the rest of your life?
As soon as you quit chewing it, withdrawal returns, and you’ll either go buy some more, or you’ll buy cigarettes.
Now I admit, if you are a light smoker, then the gum might work for you. Your life hasn’t been torn apart by cigarettes just yet.
For me, every moment of my life was controlled by it.
But give it a try if you are curious. We are all in this together.