Will the nicotine patch help me quit smokeless tobacco?

Will the nicotine patch help me quit smokeless tobacco?


Q: I'm 22 and have been chewing tobacco for six years. I go through three to four cans a week, and every time I try to quit cold turkey I become unreasonable. Will the nicotine patch help me quit?

A: The dangers of smokeless tobacco often go unrecognized, despite the fact that this habit is causing a massive health problem in our country. People who use smokeless tobacco face a dramatically increased risk of cancers of the mouth (lip, tongue, and cheek), throat, and stomach, as well as gum, tooth, and heart disease. Unfortunately, people who chew tobacco also tend to be even more severely addicted than smokers because the dose they consume is usually higher. In other words, now is a good time to quit. Nicotine patches and gum are helpful tools in decreasing the drive to chew or smoke. There's also an effective prescription medication that actually targets the area of the brain that causes nicotine cravings. Good luck!
Source: www.drdrew.com/office/faq.asp?id=1416

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