How Many Cigarettes Is 4mg Of Nicotine & Is Nicotine Replacement Safe?

How Many Cigarettes Is 4mg Of Nicotine?

Cigarettes and related substances are known for being nicotine rich products. According to various analysis and measuring methods, it has been found that nearly 2 milligrams of the nicotine are delivered by a cigarette. So two or at maximum three cigarettes can deliver 4 milligrams of nicotine to the body.[1]

Is Nicotine Replacement Safe?

For prevention and treatment of nicotine addiction, a common therapy employed is nicotine replacement therapy. It is a very effective form of treatment and works on the principle of replacement of nicotine that was previously taken in the form of tobacco with some other form of nicotine delivery system in a partial dose and controlled manner. Various nicotine delivery systems in replacement therapy have been devised such as in the form of a transdermal patch, nasal spray, chewing gum, lozenge, sublingual tablet, inhaler, etc. These all forms of delivery systems are comprised of nicotine and related substances which give a fixed amount of nicotine at every instance.

The latest technique is introduced in these systems known as e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette. It consists of a reservoir which stores the nicotine, a heating element vaporizer which vaporizes the stored nicotine. It is powered by a battery which provides the current to the heating element for vaporization. It consists of a mouthpiece attached which is taken in the mouth for inhaling the vapors. It has come in variety of shapes and can resemble common objects like cigars, pipes, pen, keychain, pen drive, etc. It is a smoke-free and environment-friendly method of nicotine smoking and is very popular among teens in developed countries. Although, recent research on the use of e-cigarette for nicotine replacement therapy has found it a dangerous method because it can produce very thick nicotine vapors which are more harmful than conventional nicotine smoking ways.

Nicotine replacement is a very efficient and safe method to help people with the cessation of smoking and completely cure nicotine addiction. It becomes easier to abstain from tobacco and related products and since the nicotine is delivered slowly. The amount of nicotine delivered with all these systems is started at partial dose to what the patient was actually taking and can be managed at regular intervals which makes it a safe method for all the nicotine-dependent people. Also when comparing to tobacco-related products it is much safer because there is no smoke production, the dosage is low, can be socially acceptable, etc. Although the nicotine is a dangerous substance when taking it in form of smoke or tobacco chewing it gives additional risk of other problems which is not in the case of nicotine replacement therapy.

All the nicotine replacement therapies increase the chances of quitting smoking and quitting rate is noted with success in 50 to 70% of affected people. It is also dependent upon the willpower and necessity to abstain from nicotine addiction. The prognosis is very good with the usage of such delivery systems in nicotine deaddiction.[1]

Conclusion

4 milligram of nicotine is delivered by two cigarettes, as according to various studies one cigarette delivers about two milligrams of nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance and its dependence has been added in the latest DSM 5 classification of psychiatric disorders under the heading of tobacco and related disorders. It is a CNS stimulant and can cause both physical and psychological dependence but usually psychological dependence is more.

For the treatment of nicotine addiction, a common method employed is nicotine replacement therapy. In this, the patient is not deprived of nicotine completely instead partial doses of nicotine are given in different forms so as to produce the effect of nicotine but reduce the dependence and additional risk factors associated with the smoking or chewing of tobacco. So far it has been found that nicotine replacement therapy has been safe and has achieved high success in deaddiction.

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