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An_246903 posted:
I am trying to quit smoking and don't want to try going cold turkey again because it obviously wasn't successful. I am trying to decide between the nicotine patch and the gum...any suggestions as to which works better?
Jonathan Foulds, PhD responded:
Nicotine patch and gum are about equally successful. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day or within 30 minutes of waking in the morning you may do better with 4mg than 2mg gum. Its really a matter of preference...the patch is easy to use but gives you nothing to do when you have a craving. The gum requires a bit more "work"...and you need to chew at least 8 pieces per day. Let us know what you tried and how it went.
Bud452752 replied to Jonathan Foulds, PhD's response:
Bud452752 - First of all - Congratulations on trying to quit smoking - I quit almost 6 months ago with the patch and I found it quite successful. I had tried almost everything in the past so the patch was my last hope. I had been a smoker for 50 years so I'm really proud of myself that I was able to quit. Mind you it wasn't easy and I still get the odd day that I get cravings but I have been able to work through them and each day gets easier. Some coping skills that I used were - chewing sugar-free gum, drinking ice cold water through a straw, going for a short walk, joined a support group, talked to support workers on the help lines. It's doable - just remember N.O.P.E (not one puff ever) Good Luck and please keep in touch -

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