The Food and Drug Administration says smokers that are trying to quit can safely use nicotine gum, patches and lozenges for longer than previously recommended.
Current labels suggest consumers stop smoking when they begin using the products and that they should stop using them after 12 weeks.
The problem is that they don't say how long you can use them. To those of us who've been using these products for five or more years -- and there are a ton of us -- this is welcome but incomplete news. How long can you "safely" use them?
And as for talking about this with your doctor, I've brought the subject up with both my doctor and dentist. Neither had a clue how safe or dangerous these products are.
So gee, thanks, FDA. You're always such a big help!