This is not a condemnation of NRT's. I am only suggesting if you use them, you are aware of the following.
First, many people get more nicotine with the NRT than they got from smoking.
Why? Because they don't know how much nicotine they were getting as a smoker.
The answer is 1 cigarette delivered 1mg of nicotine so if a piece of gum has 4mg, you are getting the same nicotine as 4 cigarettes.
If you are trying to break a nicotine addiction, it makes no sense to be using double the nicotine.
Second, if you self dose every time you get an urge to smoke, you are reinforcing the reward cycle of addiction as if you were smoking. If you vape you are also reinforcing the hand to mouth and inhale ritual of smoking.
Third, an NRT does not stop you from thinking of smoking. You will have just as many thoughts of smoking.
So, if you are having just as many thoughts of smoking and popping a lozenge or a piece of gum each time,
YOU UNCONSCIOUSLY BEGIN TO ATTRIBUTE
YOUR CHOICE TO NOT SMOKE TO THE NRT.
NOW you are psychologically addicted to the NRT
just like you were to smoking.
For these reasons my suggested NRT is THE PATCH.
You don't control the dose so you are less likely to become either physically or psychologically addicted.