So I was a smoker for 7 years, at times (usually the stressful ones) 2 packs a day (not to be confused with the dead rapper Tupac, who did not die form smoking but from a smoking gun.) I quit cold turkey and have been off the tar sticks for 3 years now, an accomplishment I am very proud of.
So a little more than 2 years ago, which was about one year into my period of quit, I was over my current roommates house, who was not my current roommate at the time, and I saw that his sister was trying to quit smoking using Nicorette Gum. I believe it was the mint flavor, or as I now like to call it, menthol. Not having smoked in a long time, but curious at how the gum tasted, I decided to try a piece. BAD IDEA!
Upon first chew, I cringed in horror as my spit transformed into clear tobacco juice. The flavor was horrible, reminding me of a time when on a dare, I ate a pack of cigarettes. Hey, don’t judge, I bet you did something stupid for $5 and a pack of cigarettes before.
Upon second chew, I was hit with a terrible stinging sensation, that slowly turned into all out burning. My tongue and gums felt like they were on fire, slowly being cancerously mutated by the nicotine in the gum. Surprisingly, I quite enjoyed it, chewing through the excruciating pain, achieving a relaxed, smooth attitude toward the gum and all things that life had to throw at me.
To make a long story short, I am now up to 3 packs of gum a day. The burning is still present, but I have grown used to it. You know what they say, “No Pain, No Gain!” The best thing about this product is that you can chew at your desk at work, and no one knows that you are catching a buzz!