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In America there are 47000000 adults who smoke cigarettes yet 70 of those smokers want to quit Golden West 2000 Since there are so many smokers and most of them want to quit a societal need is and has been developing People need to be informed about how to quit smoking They need to be informed about some of the methods of quitting including the positive and negative consequences as well as success rates of each Quitting is not as simple as just deciding not to smoke as anyone has smoked for any significant amount of time will tell you This is because of the addictive chemical found in cigarettes called nicotine Nicotine is an alkaloid that is a colorless transparent oily liquid that has an acrid odor and an acrid burning taste and is intensely poisonous Websters 1998 One popular quitting aid is the nicotine gum This gum is available in prescription and nonprescription form Each year 15 to 2 million Americans try the nicotine laced gum Trubo 2002 The nicotine gum is usually involves a 12 week program that replaces the nicotine that you would normally get from smoking a cigarette when you chew it The nicotine is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and then enters the bloodstream As your body gets used to not smoking you decrease the amount of gum chewed and eventually quit altogether This particular method is not without its side effects however Some common mild side effects include Injury or irritation to mouth teeth or dental work belching headaches increased appetite increased watering of the mouth jaw-muscle ache and sore mouth or throat National Library of Medicine2002 A study reported in Addiction it showed that over-the-counter users of the gum had a 161 success rate at six weeks whereas the prescription users had a 77 success rate at six months the OTC users still had higher rates than the
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