Nicotine Gum is a kind of chewing gum that provides your body with a regular supply of nicotine.
Nicotine is highly addictive and is the main cause of the cravings associated with smoking cessation. Nicotine gum helps you to break the habit of smoking tobacco whilst supplying nicotine to your body, which lessens the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. When you are ready, you can gradually reduce the dosage of your gum or stop using it completely.
Nicotine gum is available via prescription from your doctor (in the UK) or you can purchase it over-the-counter in most pharmacies.
Nicotine gum is available in two strengths; 2mg and 4mg.
For people who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day, the stronger 4mg dosage is recommended. For all others, 2mg should be sufficient.
The correct technique when using nicotine gum is to chew it until the taste becomes strong or slightly burning, then rest the gum in the side of your mouth. To get another blast of nicotine, re-chew the gum. The gum should be discarded after about an hour.
Popular brands include NiQuitin, Nicorette and Nicotinell