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What happens when a non-smoker uses a nicotine patch?

Asked by talljasperman (21835points) January 7th, 2011

do they get a buzz… and no I’m not going to do it; I’m just curious as to why they are on sale over the counter.

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JLeslie's avatar

Cigarettes are sold over the counter, why not the patch?

Seelix's avatar

Do you mean over the counter as opposed to just on the shelf where anyone can grab them? Nicotine is a drug, which can definitely be highly addictive. I’m guessing it has to do with that as well as with the fact that it contains the same ingredient as cigarettes, and the sale of cigarettes is restricted to those over a certain age.

talljasperman's avatar

@Seelix yes… in my town’s pharmacy the nicotine gum is within arms reach of anyone with money…I don’t think you have to be 18 to buy it…and children can swipe it easily.

Seelix's avatar

@talljasperman – Huh. I don’t know what to tell you, then. I’m pretty sure that in Ontario, both the gum and the patch are on the shelf rather than over the counter… And I don’t think you have to be 19 to buy either.

I hope someone who “knows” (as opposed to my guessing) answers, because now it’s bugging me too :)

glenjamin's avatar

As a ex-smoker, I got a buzz when I first put the patch on, so I can imagine a non-smoker would definitely get a buzz. With continued use, however, the effects will diminish as your body gets used to the nicotine. One note though, if you never smoked before it might make you feel sick, like nauseous or dizzy. I wouldn’t recommend trying this. Have some pot instead.

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