I finally quit smoking 2 and 1/2 years ago, half my family died from smoking related diseases. After about 6 weeks of cold turkey I was extremely depressed. I didnt want to do anything, I didn't want to get out of bed, basically I felt like If this is how life will always feel I don't care about it. At this point I broke down and got some nicotine gum. It really did the trick (I tried it before and hated it but after 6 weeks of nothing it was great). I felt balanced, my mood got better, I felt life was worth living again.
I still use the gum on a regular basis (10 4mg a day) I don't want to stress over quitting the gum because it is a lot healthier than smoking, and a lot better than depression. Is there any problems with long term use of nicotine gum? If not, why isn't it marketed as a healthier alternative, and sold cheaper?