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toes. Also, wear socks or stock- the chance of passing on a toe- I’m 27 years old and just started through craving. (They deliver a
ings to cushion your feet and nail fungus. Reusable instru- three years ago. I always believed higher dose of nicotine faster, but
reduce friction. If your shoe is ments should be disinfected for I could quit any time I wanted. protection also declines faster.)
large enough, you can add extra at least 10 minutes in an FDA- Now, almost four month’s have Nicotine gum (Nicorette).
cushioning by inserting a padded approved disinfectant solution gone by since I made my New People who smoke more than 25
insole. or in a disinfectant registered Year’s resolution to give it up cigarettes a day should use the 4
If you are prone to corns or cal- with the Environmental Protec- for good. But I’m still smoking a mg per piece dose; lighter smok- Heidi G. Valmonte, Tiffany Johnson
pack per day. What can I do? ers should use the 2 mg per piece PA-C FNP-C
Like other addicting substanc- dose. Chew a piece of the gum
es, nicotine acts on the brain’s whenever the smoking urge hits.
“reward center.” It creates a sen- Don’t chew more than 30 pieces
sation of pleasure and a craving a day. Aim to wean off the gum Chris Allen,
for more nicotine. in about 3 months if possible. M.D.
Nicotine replacement therapy Chewing replaces the oral stimu-
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drinks for at least 15 minutes
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Start nicotine replacement ther- before use. They may interfere Dr. David Edwards
apy on the day you quit smoking. with nicotine absorption.
Since the average cigarette deliv- Nicotine lozenges (Commit).
ers 1 to 2 mg of nicotine, you can People who usually light up
estimate how much nicotine you
need. Begin with the full dose
within 30 minutes of getting up
in the morning should use the 4
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