OK, so I wasn't a pack-a-day smoker, but the
four or five daily butts I was puffing were starting to become a source
of more anxiety than pleasure. Not only did I hate the terrible taste
in my mouth, but even short bike rides left me wheezing. We all know
how bad smoking is, and as an asymptomatic HIV positive guy, I'm doing
my best to stay healthy. So, chucking the butts became a priority. But
how? Nicorette gum seemed like a good way to quit. When I have a stressful
moment or find myself in a smoky bar, I reach for a chew. The peppery
taste and nicotine satisfy my craving, I have nice breath and peace
of mind, and I can ride my bike for miles without huffing and puffing.
Plus, I don't feel like a walking ashtray.
-David Connors, New York City
Nicorette gum is $47.99 for a 2-mg starter
pack; refills, $25.97