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NRT – No Way!

Nicotine replacement products are a billion dollar industry. Wherever you go, you see folks literally stuck together with patches, sucking like demented vacuums on fake plastic cigarettes, and masticating madly on that strange bitter gum. (Mmmmm. Bitter gum).

I know. I was that man. And I accept that, for many people worldwide, these products work as a substitute for cigarettes, and even as an aid to help them quit. Not for me. As I woke in the middle of the night, unstuck myself from the sheets (where my two patches had welded to my lost gum), I lit another smoke, almost overdosed on the stuff, and ruminated.

This nicotine replacement therapy wasn’t so much a crutch, as a torture. It was like giving an alcoholic one Scotch a day and saying: “Go ahead, my friend. Knock yourself out”. The problem being that there was always the potential for that Scotch to turn from one into two. Then three. Then never enough.

And that’s the problem with NRT products. Like cigarettes themselves, they are never enough.

More gum. More patches. More money.

More torture…….


About Stephen Ross

Writer, entertainer, smiler!

2 responses »

  1. Stephen….
    Thanks for your web site and your time and energy. Yes, I am going to use the sugarless gum and hard candy instead of nictoine replacements just as you have talked about in your book. I just stumbled upon your book yesterday and bought it. Read it already and started reading it again. I feel that your aproach will work. I’ll keep you posted.
    Thank You.
    Craig Miller

    • Hi Craig,

      Thank you so much for your reply, and for purchasing my book. My apologies for my late response, I am really new to this
      blogging/Wordpress/self publishing stuff, and am still learning. As my old university tutor used to say when I got above myself: “Stephen.
      Remember. There is always MORE to learn”!

      I am so pleased you like my approach. The book is genuine, and written from the heart. I think a lot of manuals are generic, and a lot
      of advice comes from folk who have never really been there, like you and I. But I promise you this, if you relax and walk away from willpower,
      you will be as free as I am, almost seven years on. If you feel any discomfort, just remember, it’s because you started, not because you stopped! It’s the discomfort of the Nicotine Brigade leaving you. And in no time at all, it’s so cool, because you can look back and rejoice in the fact
      that you are free from them!

      Craig, write to me any time, about anything, no worries. And if you like my book, and are good with social media, you would be doing me a massive favor if you could help spread the word, as I am not very good at this advertising thing!

      Take care and take it easy my friend.

      Kind regards,
      Steve Ross,


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