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What Are the Dangers of Nicotine Lozenges?

Updated July 19, 2017

Nicotine lozenges are clearly better for you than cigarettes, as lozenges do not include the tar or carbon monoxide found in tobacco. Still, there are side effects and dangers associated with nicotine lozenges.

Heart Risks

Nicotine in any form, including lozenges, increases your risk for heart disease, narrowing the arteries in your heart and raising your blood pressure.

Addiction

Nicotine lozenges are nearly as addictive as cigarettes, as users of lozenges have been known to take them for years after quitting smoking.

Cost

Most nicotine lozenges are considerably more costly than tobacco products--a box of 72 can cost anywhere from £26 to £29. That's the same cost as about 160 cigarettes.

Tooth Decay

Longtime users of nicotine lozenges occasionally experience issues with decaying teeth and gums, as the lozenges often take up to 40 minutes or more to completely dissolve.

Aspartame

Nicotine lozenges typically are flavoured with aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener found in diet sodas that has been accused of causing cancer and neurological problems by some in the medical field.

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About the Author

Sam Amico is a reporter for NBA.com and worked as a writer and editor at daily newspapers for more than a decade, covering everything from rock concerts to college football to courts and crime. He attended Kent State University and is the author of the book, "A Basketball Summer." He also is the co-host of a nationally-syndicated television show, "The Wine & Gold Zone."