Aug 27, 2010
I guess if you're addicted to alcohol or heroin or something as serious as that, my petty little addiction to nicotine might seem laughable. I started smoking when I was about 13. That was some 40 years ago. The last time I quit smoking was in 2003 after I fell off the wagon. I started using Nicorette gum then later switched to lozenges.
When I went through the Berkeley heart program, I was assigned to a dietician who provided me with my very first nicotine lozenge. I had been using the gum for year which was problematic for my teeth and though I was ambivalent about using lozenges at first, I soon adapted and liked them better than the gum. They were cleaner. No sticky gum stuck to something in my car on a hot summer day, etc.
I am still thinking about nicotine about every 4 minutes.