Well I have been looking at whyquit.com and have now started beating myself up about still being addicted to the highly dangerous even life threatening substance nicotine ( I am on the nicotine gum ) . Seems to be a very harsh reality but informative site . Some of the images are extremely disturbing and enough to put anyone off of smoking for life . So in reality ( without attacking anyone ) users of any NRT are still putting themselves at major risk of heart problems , possible mental health issues and at least artery and blood vessel damage . Hard as it may be I have decided to go for the nicotine free approach from today . I am in my seventh day so time to head into the next week completely nicotine free . I sense it will be a hard task .