I want to thank everyone for there concern when I wrote that I was smoking with a nicotine patch on. Please note that I am not advocating this for anyone without talking with your Dr. My Dr. recommended wearing the patch and minimizing smoking (5 or less) cigarettes/day. I have tried quitting many times, unsuccessfully, using just the patch. I have smoked for 43 yrs, over 2 packs/day. The patch delivers, very slowly, a pack of less of nicotine. My drs. all agree that because I am bipolar, I have a higher degree of difficulty quitting. Of course I did my research and there are many reports, including the American cancer society, that accepts smoking with the patch on for people that do not have cardiac issues, as long as it is recommended by their Do.
I'm 8 days into it and have had very little discomfort. On Mon. I will give up cigarettes all together and supplement with lozenges for strong cravings while I have a patch on. There is also many reports that people are having a better success rate combining 2 nrt's.
Wishing everyone the best smoke free day today!