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Is Nicotine Gum Bad For You?



Short answer

Nicotine gum can be an excellent way for addicted individuals to quit smoking, but using it improperly can result in many unwanted side effects.



Long answer

These days, everyone knows that smoking cigarettes or cigars is extremely unhealthy and can wreak extremely harmful havoc on your body, directly contributing to the development of cancer and even premature death. Therefore, many people who are already addicted to smoking turn to alternatives to help wean themselves off of their nicotine addiction so they can live a healthier life free of the dangerous, expensive habit of smoking.

Nicotine gum is one of the most popular ways that addicted individuals attempt to snap themselves out of the habit of smoking. It provides users with a quick relief to a cigarette craving and can eventually help them kick the habit of smoking altogether.

However, there are a few potential dangers associated with chewing nicotine gum. For example, if you chew it regularly for longer than six months, it is easy to become addicted to the gum itself. Obviously, this is better than being addicted to cigarettes, but is still something to be aware of. There are also many side effects included with nicotine gum that are prevalent in any product that includes nicotine. These include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, mouth irritation, hiccups, heartburn, and nausea.

It is also important to take the gum only as directed (if you aren't trying to quit smoking, don't take nicotine gum). If you chew too much at once, or combine the gum with smoking, you are prone to a nicotine overdose - also known as nicotine poisoning. This can include side effects such as confusion, difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, and even coma.

Possible short-term side effects

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • lightheadedness
  • increased heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • mouth irritation
  • heartburn
  • hiccups

Possible long-term side effects

  • nicotine poisoning
  • addiction to the gum

Possible withdrawal symptoms

  • anxiety
  • craving
  • impaired concentration
  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • insomnia
  • weight gain

Ingredients to be aware of


  • aids in quitting smoking

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Written by Shaylie F
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Shaylie F
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

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