The nicotine gum is still a nicotine source and is therefore addictive.
MOST of the adverse effects of smoking are not a direct result of the nicotine but rather the toxic mix of tars that you inhale. So nicotine gum is not in the same league as being dangerous to you.
Still it is not considered healthy either...
It is a vasoconstrictor and will tend to raise your blood pressure.
You might ask your doctor about trying Chantix >>this has about a 44 % success rate PER ATTEMPT
Wellbutrin may be an alternative and this has about a 30% success rate per attempt.
Cold turkey is about 10% per attempt
So no matter what you choose it is generally a matter of persistence with DETERNINED EFFORTS to stop and then a back up plan if you fail
By stopping smoking you reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by 50% !!
You reduce your risk of lung and other cancers as well.
Let me know if you have further questions. I hope this helps you.
This info is pretty much what I already am aware of. I do not want to take any drugs. I am frustrated and mad at myself for allowing this to continue for so long. I will just have to be more persistent and determined.
I will be happy to get back with you if you do have further questions.
That is fine. You can do this cold turkey and there is nothing wrong with that at all!! It is just difficult. Sometimes it helps to know the statistics and know how tough the battle is...
Get a friend to be a support person when you attempt to quit and this may help you.
I already know the battle is tough, believe me.
Well hang in there!! You can do it >> you know that you can...
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