If nicotine is so dangerous, why hasn’t there been a hew and cry about other the counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, nasal sprays, gums, and lozenges.
Yes, I AM reinforcing my own belief here. Nicotine in and of itself IS NOT very addictive. Nor is it a carcinogen. Humans have nicotine (not correct, but for brevity) receptors. A mild stimulant that appeals especially to people with mood disorders. Self-medication is nothing new.
Nicotine replacement therapy has been around since 1984, when the Food and Drug Administration approved Nicorette gum as a prescription medicine. The patch followed in 1992, and both smoking cessation aids have been sold without a prescription since 1996. Nicotine lozenges are now also sold over-the-counter. Inhalers and nasal sprays are available by prescription.Nicotine replacement products are meant to be used for three to six months, more heavily at the beginning when nicotine dependence is at its most intense. Patch users usually start with the 21-milligram dose, then switch after two weeks to a 14-milligram patch. Seven-milligram patches are also available.Some people cut patches in half, to get smaller doses. This is probably safe, but a cut patch may not provide a predictable dose, said Dr. Michael C. Fiore, director of the tobacco research and intervention center at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.