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So, the trip was booked and i was going to London for four days on a school trip, one issue however, i couldn't smoke! Now i'm 16 in andfrom the UK i started smoking at around 13 and hav had a steady 15-20 day habit since i was 15, terrible. i know
After thinking about it, in fact i had no real option. I decided i would take a pack of fags and some gum, the gum choice was best for me because i'm allergic the glue on the patches, great....
The question i asked while forking ou 14 quid of 105 pieces of nicorette icy white gum were;
1. Would it work?
2. Were there any side affects?
3. What was the bloody special chewing technique?
4. How does it work?
Now i'll do this in reverse order.
4. Nicotine is the chemical that makes us addited to cigarettes and its also the product that makes us crave cigarettes.
In the gum is nicotine, smoking fags is harmfull to us because also present in them are
10mg of tar and 10mg of carbon monoxide plus a whole range of other poisons and chemicals.
When we chew the gum nicotine is absorbed through the lining of our mouths and stops the cravings we have.
3. What was this chewing technique
On the pack it lists 3 instuctions, what it doesn't say is if you follow these then you will feel like somone has set your respiratory and digestive system on fire.
Heres what i done to avoid the brilliant joy that is the pain...
Basically you throw the gum in your mouth and chew very slowly until a strongflavour develops.
You then stop chewing and jam the gum between your gums and your top lip
IF ANY SALIVA GATHERS IN YOUR MOUTH DO NOT SWALLOW
this saliva has the nictoine in it and it burns.
When the taste dissapates resume chewing slowly until the taste is strong again and repeat the affore mentioned steps.
2. When it comes down to it every medicine has side affects, te only one i can gurantee everyone will suffer from is the burning throat if you don't follow the instructions. Plus in my book the burning throt is worth it instead of the possible side affects of smoking.
3. Does it work though?
hmmm? Yeh it worked for me, it was hard and everytime i looked at fags i did want one but once i popped a bit gum in it was fine.
The prodict also contains a chemical which whitens your teeth which after years of smoking really does help.
The gum comes in two strenghts, 2mg and 4mg. Its really basic as to which one you choose
Do you smoke 10 to 20 medium strength cigarettes a day or do you smoke your first fag after 30 minutes of waking?
if you answer yes to one or both of those questons then you fall in to the 2mg bracket, i think most people will.
If you smoke more than 20 medium strenght cigarettes a day or smoke within 30 minutes of waking then you would fall into 4mg bracket.
Nicorette say that the average smoker will use between 8 and 15 pieces a day, but you're not supposed to use more than 15 pieces.
Overall i would highy recmmend this product, i found it really did heloand i do plan on stopping this way. I cant guarantee it will be the best way for YOU but try it and find out :)
One of my early memories is going to hospital to see my paternal grandmother when she was dying of lung cancer. I hated being around smokers when I was a kid as the smell would make me feel sick but still I experiemented with cigarettes as a teenager. I never started smoking full time till I was 19 and old enough to know better and it was purely because I was living in a flat with smokers and my occasional social ciggy soon became a regular habit. Of course I thought at the time that I would be able to take or leave cigarettes at will as I had when I was still an occasional smoker but soon I became hooked.
Stopping smoking is hard, much harder than I could have ever guessed. There are two parts to the addiction, one is a physical addiction to nicotine and the other is the fact that smoking becomes part of your daily routine so that psychologically you keep reaching for a cigarette automatically. While Nicorette Gum cannot help with the behavioural aspects of smoking it can help you deal with the physical cravings for nicotine.
Nicorette gum is available in two strengths, the 2mg gum is aimed at those who smoke up to 20 a day and the 4mg gum for those smoking more. It works by giving your body a boost of nicotine when you have a craving for a cigarette. I always chew the 4mg gum when I use it even though I smoke less than 20 a day because the gum seems to last a lot longer.
The gum looks like any other square of chewing gum, to use it you chew it to release the nicotine and then when the nicotine is needing to be released then you place it against your cheek and allow the nicotine to be absorbed through your mouth.
The gum does not taste like normal chewing gum, although the gum is officially mint flavoured there is a definite undertone of stale ashtray in there too. It's not an entirely unpleasant taste although I think it may be due to the fact that it tastes a bit like a cigarette.
After you have used one piece of gum it can either be discarded or left in the mouth and used again, one piece can be used twice like this according to the instructions but I have found that I can use it 3 or 4 times to beat a craving.
I do find Nicorette gum is really effective at helping to beat my cravings for cigarettes and find that I can easily cut down from 15 or so to 5 cigarettes a day while chewing gum. I have not been able to stop smoking by using gum but I am sure that has more to do with the habit of smoking than the physical addiction. I don't find nicorette takes my cravings away completely but certainly reduces them to a manageable level.
I think people can sometimes forget what a powerful drug nicotine is especially since the chewing gum is available without a prescription but you still need to use it with caution. I find that it makes the inside of my mouth feel slightly numb when I place the chewed gum against my cheek. I can also get a bit of indigestion which is common as some nicotine will be swallowed. Keep the gum out of reach of children as it is easy to overdose on nicotine if your body has not developed a tolerance to it.
The benefiits of using nicotine gum outweigh the disadvantages for me, I will admit that I am far more concerned with the money I waste on tobacco than the damage it is no doubt doing to my health. Despite watching my grandmother die of lung cancer I still feel like it won't happen to me which is probably the wrong attitude to take, I think it is because I don't currently suffer any real ill effects from smoking that I can't really connect with the health risks and they seem like diseases that happen to much older people. A packet of 30 pieces of nicorette gum currently costs £5.79 from Boots, considering many packs of 20 cigarettes cost this much and the recommended dose of Nicorette gum is 6 to 8 pieces a day then you could end up spending 1/5 of the money by swapping from ciggies to gum. There are of course the social advantages to chewing gum over smoking, you can chew gum on a plane or in a pub and it won't make you stink or your fingers yellow. Even by using the gum periodically to cut down my smoking it saves me money.
Nicorette gum may not be a magic bullet that will enable you to give up smoking in an instant but it is certainly worth a try if you want to stop or cut down.
I have tried many different NRT methods one of which was nicotine gum. I would advise that if you want to try nicotine gum then have a look in your local poundland first as it is generally on sale there for a £1 and if you dont like it then you havent wasted too much money.
You are only meant to use upto 15 each day so if you replace each cigarette with gum and you are a heavy smoker you are going to fall short or 'overdose' I think these are meant as an additional aid really to will power and other NRT therapy etc.
The gum can be bought in different strengths (which release different levels of nicotine) I bought the 2mg niquitin from poundland which had 12 pieces in it. But the packs can cost upto £6 a pack on the highstreet (or you can get it on prescription which is good if you get them free but more costly than the shop if you have to pay the fee)
It says it is 2mg mint gum however I must warn you that there doesnt seem to be a hint of mint in there it has a 'burning' taste which is not pleasent when chewed you are then meant to hold it on your cheek and chew again to release the nicotine.
It did actually work and my irritability faded as I got my nicotine hit and I didnt have a cigarette but I personally couldn't use these long term as they taste so bad. (I have only used 2 pieces out of the pack)
Overall I would say they are worth a try especially if you only pay a pound for them but personally I couldnt handle the taste and wouldnt use them. Although they may suit other people better. They did work and stopped my craving but when my next craving hit I really didnt want another piece of gum. My prefered and and most successful NRT are patches which always work with a bit of will power its when you come off them that its the problem!
3/5 They worked but tasted vile!
I am a smoker and have been for quite a few years. I have tried many options of quitting and always faild due to will power more than anything. If you dont want to quit you wont unfortunatly.
This product was probably the worst I have ever tried tho the Nicorette version is exepensive to say the least that is the first down fall but you can get cheaper versions that will only cost you from about a £1 poundland did do one but I havent seen them in there lately but if you do want to try them i would look for the cheapest version due to they taste the same which is nasty and they burn your throught and tongue and that nasty taste will last in your mouth for what seems forever.
I cant say that they work due to the taste I wouldnt have one when I did get a craving I would much prefer to have a cigerette. If you do want to quit the best thing I found was my doctor who prescribed me tablet unfortunatly if you suffer from any sort of depression dont take them they make you worse but you will recive regualr support from the nurses and they do work.
Try support groups too they can be alot of help but if you set that date to quit stick to it but I would advise not to use these chewing gums they make you feel sick and will not help you quit.
I quit smoking 7 weeks ago after smoking 15 cigs a day for over 30 years. I had tried nicotine patches previously, but they upset my stomach, so I thought I would try the gum this time. Chewed one piece every couple of hours for the first couple of days, then found it was each 3 hours before I got a craving attack. I had unusual night-time insomnia and day-time sleepiness problems at first and found that if I chewed right before getting in bed, that helped me nod off. Now I'm using about 4 - 5 pieces a day and so far I'm smoke free. Jaw aches a bit sometimes and reminds me to remove it, otherwise no problems. I'm astounded that despite losing my job and mourning the death of a good friend, I've been able to stay on top of the cravings and have not been too crazy.
I have tried most of the current smoking cessation products on the market, including nicorette gum. This is my experience!
I was a 20-25 a day smoker and knew gum alone was not enough to break my smoking habit. It is however very useful in conjunction with other aids. For example whilst a nicotine patch will deliver slow release of nicotine into the bloodstream it can be a bit boring in that it doesnt really take care of the oral side of smoking. I started my quit on patches but felt i needed to 'do' something so when i got a craving that the patch wasnt taking care of i used gum as my secret weapon! You simply chew it a couple of times to release the nicotine then 'park' it in the side of your mouth until you need/want to chew it again. I didnt find the flavour lasted particularly long - I used the 4mg strength (you can also buy it in 2mg) but i did find it very effective in relieving that 'angsty' feeling you get when you want to reach for something (a cigarette) but can't!
I do believe it is effective used on its own for some people with iron will power but for me i had to use it in combination with another product. I havent smoked for over a year now, but every now and again i will still chew a piece of nicorette.
After smoking 20 a day for 11 years i decided to attempt to give up smoking but new i could not do it on will power alone.
My dad had tried the patches and these made him ill so i thought i would give the chewing gum a try, killing two birds with one stone or so i thought. Something to do with my mouth and a source of nicotine.
Wholst out shopping i brought a packet of the 4mg strength gum with 12 pieces in for £4.89
The next morning when i got up i put a piece in my mouth, chewed for a couple of seconds and thought what a horrid flavour, the taste is foul but i persisted.
You dont have to chew the gum continually, chew it for a few seconds untill the craving has gone then just hold it in your mouth untill the next craving.
All was going well for the first couple of hours and i must say they realy do take the craving away but they then started to make me sick, not just feel sick actually vomit.
I thought this may have been down to the strength of them so i have brought me the 2mg strength now but although they dont make me sick they dont work as well and are not quite strong enough. This said they do help though i have gone from 20 a day to 8 a day with 4 pieces of gum.
I dont expect miracles as i realy dont have any will power and have been trying and failing to give up smoking for 5 years now.
I had taken up smoking relatively late in life (I didn't start as a child). So, I had only smoked for a few years and not heavily at that. Also, I had smoked low tar cigarettes. That was however quite enough to get me well and truly addicted to fags. I had tried to give up many times and used all sorts of products. As an intelligent person, I am ashamed to say it took many failures before I realised how long you had to keep going with your chosen NRT for it to work properly - a couple of weeks is simply not enough. Having realised that following the instructions would make a huge difference, I started kicking the habit again using Nicorette gum. As with previous occasions, the gum completely took away my craving to smoke. The key to remember is this - if you feel like smoking - just chew a piece as soon as possible - it is amazing how quickly that urge will die away. In fact, I found that I was quite disgusted with the thought of smoking whilst I was having a good chew. Nurturing this feeling helped me to succeed. So, the positive side of the gum is that it stops the cravings very quickly, paerticularly the 4mg stuff, you can get lower strength (2mg) to use later on - use it as soon as it is safe to do so but have some of the 4mg stuff to hand in case you are not as ready as you thought to take the step down. Disadvantages are the weird chewing technique but that is not really a problem. All in all, a great product and the price is coming down as the competition increases.
Before we get to weather it works or not, it’s important to know why I wrote this! I wrote opinion on this stuff, coz I've tried the gum and I now know the truth about the gum. Also I am a 20 a day smoker and I want to quit. So… I brought (well my lovely girlf brought me) 30 pieces of 4mg Mint gum, £7.49 it cost. We went for the 4mg gum as it is the strongest available, there is also 2mg available. We chose the 30-piece packet, as 15 seemed to few, and 105 far to many. Mint was her choice. Inside your packet of gum you will find a very helpful pamphlet on which packet suits you best. (Not very helpful once you’ve brought it though!) The advice is very helpful though. It tells you to work out how much you smoke and what gum will suit your tastes best. It also gives loads of maxims and handy tips on how to quit. Some are good, but most you will have heard before. In truth it’s you that will make you quit, not a maxim. (Unless you’re a maxim lover) Purchasing advice: ~~~~~~~~~~~ If you smoke less than 20 a day get the 2mg (Low Strength) gum, more than 20, 4mg gum (Full Strength). Get sugar free if you have less than perfect teeth, as you will have something sugary next to your teeth for over half an hour at a time. (So get sugar-free) Buy a small packet first, 15 pieces or 30. Don’t go crazy and waste your money on 105-piece packet and then find you can’t stand the stuff. The main problem about the gum: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now here’s the stinker. You have to chew this gum in a special way! (Yeah I know) Unfortunately you cannot just whip a piece into your mouth every time you want a smoke and then chew away. Oh no. You have to chew how they say or you will become sick. (Actually ill) How to chew gum: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. Chew slow
ly until taste is strong. 2. Rest between gum and cheek. 3. Chew again when taste has faded. That’s is what it says on the back of all the manuals and packets, three easy steps to relief. WRONG, here are the real steps. How you will chew the gum: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. When homicide level increases to an uncontrollable level hunt for gum packet. 2. Take care to not allow anyone to see you do it, so as avoid all the “Are you giving up?“ questions. (OF COURSE I’M GIVING UP, DO THINK I CHEW THIS STUFF FOR FUN!) 3. Rip open packet and throw gum into mouth and sit shaking wondering when nicotine will kick in. 4. Try to chew softly as instructed and await any flavour in your mouth. 5. Nearly gagging on the horrible taste now filling your mouth of nicotine, halt chewing. 6. Jam gum into back part of your mouth somewhere uncomfortable between your gum and teeth. 7. Realize you probably look like a gopher with a huge piece of half chewed gum in your mouth and surreptitiously smooth it over through your cheek with your hand. 8. Try not to swallow any of the saliva built up in your mouth as your throat already burns from the last piece you had. 9. Try to stabilize your moods with new nicotine input. 10. Feel very light headed from way too much nicotine at once. 11. Chew again 2mins later loving the new, huge, nicotine hits you are getting. 12. Still crave cigarette, as gum is nothing like a fag. You will become sick? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yes unfortunately you will become very sick if you chew like normal gum. The theory of the gum is that as you chew nicotine will be released into your mouth and absorbed through your gums. Which is great. Except nicotine is really poisonous and will irritate your mouth, your throat and if enough gets into your tummy, you will feel very sick indeed. The problem is that 4mg of nicotine is
loads, roughly 8 of my normal fags. So when you chew most of the nicotine will go down your throat and not be absorbed where it should be. So you don’t get to chew much, which is unfortunately one of the few things that would relieve your cravings. (Try a lollypop apparently they work) Second problem: ~~~~~~~~~~ As I said above 4mg is roughly 8 cigarettes of nicotine. If you only have 4 pieces a day and you normally smoke 20 a day. You will actually be taking in more nicotine than you would smoking. Which when / if you fail quitting is a right pain in butt. If you go back to smoking after the gum your cravings will be huge and worse than ever. The idea is you’re meant to keep too, is that you gradually reduce the amount of nicotine you require by using less and less of the gum. Lowering the strength and just using less. Which is a good plan. Unfortunately it’s also an arse plan. If you don’t have enough self-control to stop smoking in the first place, where on earth are going to get the self-control not to get hocked on nicotine now that you don’t smoke. I’m sorry this is too dangerous a way to quit. I myself got up 10 pieces a day, that’s 40mg on nicotine, that’s 80 fags!!! I was getting through two packets a day once I had failed with the gum. It made me a nicotine junky in under two days, and I thought I was doing well!!! Third Problem: ~~~~~~~~ The gum is actually more expensive than smoking on a 1-to-1 basis. Say you have one piece of gum for every cigarette you would normally have. 1 cigarette cost : 22p 1 piece of gum : 25p Okay, that might not seem like much, but in three days you could either smoke 3 packets of fags or use 2 packets of gum. Again that might seem like hardly anything. But you are not going to quit within a few days; it will probably take you at least 4 wee
ks to quit. That’s a lot of expensive gum. (And a lot of remembering to buy it, and remembering that pubs, clubs, most shops you normally buy fags from won’t sell you Nicorette gum: A lot of planning ahead!). But before I close there is, some, redeeming features of the gum and I feel obliged to list them. Good point of the gum: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. If used properly by someone with a steely will power the gum will help and make it easier on you (and others) to quit smoking. Replacing the nicotine source will stop you smoking and hopefully allow you remove from your life the social and physiological habits you have from smoking. That’s the good points done :) Summary: ~~~~~~ I doubt the gum will help and it didn’t help me. It didn’t remove the cravings for a smoke, instead it moved them to the gum and made me a nicotine junky. I also had a soar tummy and throat due to the gum for a week or two. Maybe I just wasn’t the right kind of person for the gum to work on. But I do know this: When I ran out of gum in the pub and the new HUGE cravings kicked in. It would’ve taken the entire cast of Baywatch and the Knightrider babes standing next to me, naked, getting down to some serious lesbian action, chanting “Come here big boy,” and dragging me back to join in, to stop me getting to that cigarette machine and sparking up! Nicorette gum? Nice idea, just didn’t work for me.
Everything was wonderful when I first met my husband except - I smoked like a chimney! He was very much into healthy living and sport, I was into drinking and smoking (well they do say opposites attract!). I carried on smoking for a while when we met but I knew he hated it. I used to feel awful kissing him as I knew that I tasted like an ashtray. I was also very aware of the stench of smoke that came from my clothes and hair. Suddenly he was forced to inhale my smoke and started to smell too - this was not fair on him. When we moved in together and he banned me from smoking in the house I knew I had to do something. At first I spent hours sitting on the patio like an urchin but with winter approaching it was getting colder and colder. I must admit I didn't want my house to smell of smoke either and I certainly wanted rid of those yellow fingers that I had acquired. Another thing was I felt very guilty about the cost of my habit, money was tight and I was spending it needlessly. I tried willpower but I didn't have much! Every time I felt a little stressed I would rush out by a pack of 10 cigs smoke one and then feel terrible. I ended up throwing the other 9 away only to go through the whole scenario a few hours later - giving up was costing me a fortune. In desperation I tried this gum and it worked!!! Not instantly but it did eventually work. It came in a pack of 30 and cost just under £6. I found it difficult to part with the money for chewing gum and I admit I would have much rather bought cigs. Now all you do is chew a square until you taste the nicotine - it is disgusting! Once you have got the taste stick the gum to your cheek or gum where the nicotine will quickly absorb into your bloodstream, satisfying your cravings. If you feel the craving come back you can chew on the gum to release more nicotine. If you chew too much the taste becomes unbearable and I found it used to almost burn in my stomach. I analysed my smoking and realised it was very routine. I would have a cig when I got up, one on the way to work, one at morning break etc. So I substituted the cigs for the gum and made sure my hands were also occupied. I suggest sewing, reading a book -anything to keep them busy. Gradually I noticed I was chewing the gum less and less after all there was nothing enjoyable about it. Within a couple of months I was off the gum too. Now I have had a couple of slip ups since, but only isolated incidents and I have not touched a cigarette now for over 3years!!! I feel much better although this took a while. I was amazed at the rubbish I coughed up when I stopped smoking, it took weeks to clear my chest. I don't smell anymore but I have put weight on - maybe this is just age I don't know. My bank balance is also healthier too and my husband loves the fact that I'm no longer a fag ash! But I must admit I do still crave on a regular basis and I can't see that ever going away. If you are thinking of stopping smoking give this a try, I hope it works for you too Thanks for reading.
Nicorette Gum has been the Finisher of my Fag Habit. It's worked wonders - it takes the edge off my cravings enough for me to forget about them. Bliss! I chew one when I crave a cig, and also at times when I used to have a cig - after dinner, for example. Advantages: take the edge off the craving; you get 30 in a packet; more socially acceptable than smoking; don't make you smell; don't give you cancer; you can use up to 15 a day; they keep their taste and nicotine "shot" for hours (I was never a big smoker (10 - 15 a day) and found I was using about 5 pieces of gum a day to start with. I chewed the same piece for an hour or 2); they are cheapish - compared to fags but not compared to normal chewing gum, they work out at about 19p each and £5.69 for a pack of 30; you can get a mint flavour as well as the normal flavour (what IS that?? nicotine??). Disadvantages: psychologically spending a couple of quid on a packet of fags is easier than over a fiver on some gum; buying a pack of this gum at the chemist or supermarket (I got mine at Somerfield) is tantamount to admitting to be a weak-willed wimp (but then again, I've heard that giving up heroin is easier than giving up fags ... any heroin addicts want to back that up?!), they don't taste like ambrosia (but after a few days on these, they will taste far better than fags, believe me); they can make you feel a bit sick and give you a headache, especially if you don't chew them properly (more on that later); some people are allergic to a component in them which gives them a sore tongue; this gum doesn't stop the mouth ulcers that most people get when they give up smoking (had LOADS in the first week, agony). There is a special method of using this gum which apparently must be followed or they will make you a bit sick. You chew until you taste the nicotine (trust me, you won't miss it), then stop chewing and place the gum behind your teeth so that it re
sts against your cheek. The nicotine will enter your bloodstream via your cheek (quicker than via the stomach - woohoo). Once the taste of the nicotine is gone, you repeat - as many times as is necessary or until the gum loses it's taste or until you feel sick or until you get fed up with it (the latter usually applies to me). If you chew constantly and do not allow the gum time to rest, it will release more nicotine than is necessary and will be carried into your stomach by your saliva. Your stomach won't like this at all. I have to agree with other reviewers of this product - it really doesn't taste very nice at all. I've got used to it though plus I use the mint version too, which tastes just like normal mint gum. None of the nicotine replacements taste very good, so this gum is no better or worse than the rest. It does the job as long as you use it correctly. There are of course those who will be allergic to it - stop using it and use something else. Some people may just not get on with it at all - again, find another product as you won't get anywhere if you come to resent or dislike a nicotine replacement product, you will just start smoking again. Use it correctly, make sure it suits and you will get on fine. Don't feel bad if this isn't for you as people aren't all the same. It's made all the difference to me and I'm still not smoking after 2 weeks. I think I've covered everything in this op - please leave me a comment if you think I've missed something or if you would like to know something else.
I really wanted to give up smoking when I was younger and the only thing that was available then was nicorette chewing gum; there were two strengths a 2mg and a stronger one of 4mg. What you had to do was put one square of nicorette chewing gum in to your mouth when you had the urge to smoke and start chewing it slowly until the urge has stopped. Then place the gum underneath your tongue until you get the urge again, you are only allowed to take 8 squares in any 24-hour period. The taste was so awful that I had to take mints afterwards to get rid of the taste. I lasted for a week so it doe’s work but the horrible taste got to me.
I've tried many ways of stopping smoking (obviously none of them worked) and gum is probably my least favourite. The average person's image of nicotine gum is a stick of chewing gum that you put in your mouth and chew as though it was your average packet of Wrigleys. Nothing could be farther from the truth. First of all, this gum tastes nothing like ordinary chewing gum, having a much more acrid taste at first, then just tasting like a stale ashtray after a few minutes. Secondly, you can't just chew it like you would your Juicy Fruit - there's a special chewing technique to follow. First, you're meant to put the gum in your mouth then chew slowly until the (horrible) flavour builds up. When you've got a gob full of the (disgusting) flavour, you're meant to put the gum behind your cheek until the (eeeuuuccchh) falvour subsides, then start the process all over again. A result of all this was the most terrible indigestion I've ever known! I don't know about giving up smoking, this stuff made me want to give up gum!!
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