smoking WHile on the patch? Just Don't Do it.
Warning: Smoking while on the patch can be dangerous!
Ask any doctor, and he/she would advise you not to smoke on the patch.
Why is it so dangerous?
First, instead of weaning yourself off nicotine, you’re doing the opposite — you’re giving yourself a mega-dose of the addictive chemical.
If you're smoking on the patch, you’re not alone. Every month, thousands of people Google “smoking while on the patch” or “smoking on the patch.”
Why do people smoke when they’re on the patch?
The main reason people continue smoking while on the patch is because they're not just addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. They're hooked on the pleasurable habit of smoking. Many smokers simply miss the feel, smell, and sight of a cigarette and the ritual of lighting up at their favorite times of day or when they're stressed out.
That's why the e-cigarette may be the better choice. It mimics the sensation of smoking without the deadly carcinogens released by traditional cigarettes.
Watch out for nicotine overdose.
Nicotine overdose, which can happen by smoking while on the patch, can cause serious side effects. These side effects range from mild, short-term effects to much more serious long-term effects. Short-term side effects include:
Heart attack and stroke: a distinct possibility
The more serious long-term side effects from smoking on the patch include stroke and heart attack, which can be fatal.
Astroke is caused by an inadequate blood supply to the brain due to a blocked or hemorrhaging blood vessel. Numbness in the body, trouble speaking, confusion and trouble with coordination are common symptoms of a stroke.
In short: it is NEVER a good idea to smoke while on the patch.
"Patient compliance is a very big issue. Many smokers don't follow the doses and instructions when using patches." -- Richard Hurt, MD, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, in an interview with The New York Times.
Addicted to nicotine? Or just the habit?
Are you addicted to nicotine, or just the habit of smoking?
The good news is that you may not actually be addicted to nicotine, but simply to the habit of smoking.
A study conducted by the National Survey on Drug use found that only about 60 percent of smokers are addicted to nicotine. That means that 40 percent of smokers are NOT.
So why run the risk of putting a nicotine patch on your skin when you may not actually be addicted to nicotine?
The beauty of the e-cigarette is that you choose your level of nicotine, decreasing the amount slowly until you no longer crave it.
Many people who are solely hooked on the habit of smoking can switch to an e-cigarette with no nicotine at all!