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Old 06-21-2004, 01:39 AM
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Non-Smoker + Nicotine Patch = ?

Sorry for the stupid thread title, but it was the easiest way to sum up this thread in a title. I'm a nonsmoker, although for a little while I was starting to smoke, then when I realized where I was headed I quickly stopped (First it was just when I was drunk, then just when I was stressed.. then I quit.) It's been a few months since I've had a cigarette, although I always enjoyed them since I got a bit of a buzz from smoking one. Now, I know it's expensive, but if I put on a nicotine patch, what would happen? Would I get nauseous, an enjoyable buzz, nothing? I'm not sure exactly how they work or how strong they are, but I was just wondering what would happen if a non=smoker used a nicotine patch.
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:52 PM
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Just a WAG, but since no one else has stopped in . . . I suspect you would get a mild stimulant effect from the nicotine, but not much of a 'buzz' because the rush would be missing - the patch releases a small amount of nicotine into your body over time, while a cigarette releases more for a shorter period of time. The gum might work better for those purposes.

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Old 06-22-2004, 08:36 AM
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NO!!! Don't do it!! The gum, at least, seems more addictive than cigarettes. Here's my guess as to why: 1) It is socially acceptable to chew gum almost any time or place, whereas to smoke it's not. 2) The immediate harmful effects of smoking (smoker's cough, smelliness) are not present with the gum. 3) The nicotine, however, is still the same highly physically addictive substance.

RUN!!!!! Run far, far away from nicotine products of any kind!!! I smoked lightly for three months following a breakup, but when I quit on the gum, I wound up chewing that malign substance for two years! If you want to get a buzz, hold your breath or something!! Just my two cents.
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Old 06-22-2004, 10:42 AM
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when I quit on the gum, I wound up chewing that malign substance for two years!
Wow, I'm surprised TRUTH hasn't started a campaign against the gum!
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Old 06-23-2004, 01:26 PM
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NO!!! Don't do it!! The gum, at least, seems more addictive than cigarettes. Here's my guess as to why: 1) It is socially acceptable to chew gum almost any time or place, whereas to smoke it's not. 2) The immediate harmful effects of smoking (smoker's cough, smelliness) are not present with the gum. 3) The nicotine, however, is still the same highly physically addictive substance.

RUN!!!!! Run far, far away from nicotine products of any kind!!! I smoked lightly for three months following a breakup, but when I quit on the gum, I wound up chewing that malign substance for two years! If you want to get a buzz, hold your breath or something!! Just my two cents.
No question that nicotine gum would be easy to stay addicted to - but the OP was just asking about getting that buzz without the lung damage. And, even if you're addicted to the gum for years, it's really better than cigarettes. At least according to what I've heard from doctors, they're relieved if a patient moves from cigarettes to gum, even if they never get off the gum. The smoke, and the chemicals it contains, are the most dangerous part of cigarettes. Nicotine isn't great for you, but being on the gum is a smaller health risk than smoking cigarettes.

Granted, probably best not to start either . . .
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Old 06-23-2004, 01:55 PM
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I am windering the same thing, mainly what is so bad about the nicotine when all the harmful effects are removed from the smoke. My sister and I were discussing the posibility of using nicotine patches for weight loss. I asked the neighbor, who is a doctor, but we never really got an answer. I suppose even if there aren't many health reasons not to he still wouldn't feel comfortable endorsing the practice.
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Old 06-23-2004, 02:17 PM
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I am windering the same thing, mainly what is so bad about the nicotine when all the harmful effects are removed from the smoke. My sister and I were discussing the posibility of using nicotine patches for weight loss. I asked the neighbor, who is a doctor, but we never really got an answer. I suppose even if there aren't many health reasons not to he still wouldn't feel comfortable endorsing the practice.
Why do you assume that it would help you lose weight?

Nicotine does have harmful effects, by the way, even without all the additives that are in commercial tobacco products and even without delivering it by smoking. I'll get you started with one site: http://health.howstuffworks.com/nicotine.htm
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