Nicotine Replacement

  1. Hi all,
    Have any of you nurses quit the nasty smoking habit only to become hooked on your NRT (patch, gum...)? I just wondered to myself which is worse. To be on nic alone, or to smoke? I think smoking is worse due to the tar and 4000 other poisons in a cigarette.
    I'm not really "hooked" on the Commit Lozenges, only have 5 to 7 a day, but I was curious.

    My GI doc actually wanted me on the Patches low dose for a long time since I have severe IBD (Ulcerative Colitis) and nicotine tends to have a calming effect on this condition (as opposed tho Crohn's disease, where smoking can really harm the disease)

    Any thoughts?
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Angelica
    I used nicotine gum to help me quit. I stayed on the gum for a whole year! I chewed it all the time. My Nicorette habit was a lot more expensive than my smoking habit. I finally stopped chewing the gum last january.
  4. by   ptnurse
    My husband quit smoking several years ago before the nicotine patches and gum were available. He kept a toothpick in his mouth most of the time to take the place of the cigarette. I got stabbed in the lip sooo many times when I kissed him. It is a wonder I didn't give up the habit of kissing him.
  5. by   sharann
    Ouch ptnurse, he coud put an eye out with that thing!
  6. by   natsfanrn
    My husband quit by using the nicotine gum...four years later, he's still chewing (and don't know how -- that stuff's nasty!). I keep telling him he's going to have to start smoking so he can quit the gum