“I have been chewing nicotine gum for sixteen years ever since I quit smoking and I truly believe I would not have been able to quit without this product. Of course I am concerned about the long term effects and I have tried unsuccessfully to stop but I still believe that without this crutch, I would be right back at the cigarettes. I was able to stop for two years but when my mother passed away, it was a particularly stressful time in my life and I was very thankful to have the option of smokeless nicotine easily available. I had started smoking at thirteen years of age and smoked for seventeen years before I was able to quit successfully. At this time, I have not had a cigarette for sixteen years and I credit that to the availability of the gum.
“I believe that it is very important that these products continue to remain easily available for people who want to quit smoking. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and I think anybody who has ever been addicted to cigarettes would understand that. I thank you for your work and wish you success with your future study of this issue.”