How many cigarettes does a piece of nicotine gum equal?
Nicotine gum is a very hard gum that is packaged in individual foil packed containers. The gum contains either 2 or 4 mg of nicotine in each piece, which is approximately equal to the amount of nicotine in 1 to 2 cigarettes.
A 21 mg patch delivers 21 mgs of nicotine (which equals about a pack a day), usually over a 24-hour period. 4mg nicotine gum, on the other hand, delivers 4mg and you absorb 2mgs (which equals two cigarettes worth of nicotine). 2 mg nicotine gum delivers 2mg and you absorb 1mg (or one cigarette worth of nicotine).
- In controlled trials, nicotine gum doubled the success rate of smoking cessation. The nicotine gum is noteworthy in dental treatment because it may worsen dental problems. The mechanical effects of chewing may cause TMJ pain and/or traumatic injury to the oral mucosa or teeth.
- These “nicotine replacement therapies” or NRT can take the form of gum, patches, nasal sprays or tablets. In each case, they aim to help smokers wean themselves off tobacco by providing a hit of nicotine without any of the other cancer-causing substances found in cigarette smoke.
- These unpleasant -- some people might say intolerable -- symptoms of nicotine withdrawal usually hit a peak within the first three days of quitting, and last for about two weeks. So before you can stop smoking for good, you have to quit for the first two weeks. After that, it gets a little easier.
Updated: 25th November 2019