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Packet of Nicorette chewing gum, Sweden, 1973-1983

Nicorette chewing gum was invented in 1967 in Sweden for men on submarines who would otherwise become agitated without the nicotine fix that cigarettes provided. In 1978, Nicorette was introduced to the general public and is now used as an aid to giving up smoking. The chewing gum contains nicotine, the addictive element in cigarettes. A whole range of Nicorette products, including skin patches, nasal sprays and inhalers have been introduced. This packet of 105 pieces of gum was made by Aktiebologet LEO in Sweden.

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1987-799/158

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Glossary: smoking

A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)

Glossary: nicotine

A chemical compound that forms 0.6-3.0 per cent of the dry weight of tobacco. Nicotine acts as a stimulant in mammals, and is one of the primary reasons for smoking addiction.

Glossary: chewing gum

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