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What do you recommend if I bought some nicorette (nicotine gum) gum to help me stop smoking. the package says I need to quit smoking before I start i?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Not really so

There were some cases of people with pre-existing heart problems who developed angina (heart pain) while using nicotine products while still smoking, so companies are being extra-cautious.
Many smokers will use the gum or other products while taking long plane trips or in a movie. You should smoke ON TOP OF using the gum, but if it helps you cut down, that is reasonable. Don't use them together.

In brief: Not really so

There were some cases of people with pre-existing heart problems who developed angina (heart pain) while using nicotine products while still smoking, so companies are being extra-cautious.
Many smokers will use the gum or other products while taking long plane trips or in a movie. You should smoke ON TOP OF using the gum, but if it helps you cut down, that is reasonable. Don't use them together.
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