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Suffering from arthritis and being blind as a bat i found it hard to demolish the box to gain entry to the gum. Then resulted to digging gum out of blister pack with a pair of nail clippers because i couldn't see the tiny writing in the pic provided. Good god, almost as stressful as getting a text message all chipper and that, asking how I'm going without a cigarette . Give me strength lol
Purchased in November 2020.
EASY TO OPEN
I would just like to say to all the people struggling to get into the gum. YOU PEEL THE BACK OFF> you cant just push it through like normal gum. I too thought it was impossible to open until I ACTUALLY READ PEEL OFF written on it. Easy as. Im on day 1 and have had gum sitting in my cheek, as directed all day, chewing on a piece every so often. Ive justh thrown all my ashtrays out, dont even feel like a smoke. This stuff actually works...but remember, you dont chew it like normal chewy. You chew a but then rest it inside the cheek...then a bit later chew a bit more.
Purchased in November 2020 at Woolworths for $13.00.
Can't open wrapper except with scissors, gum formula changed
I cannot believe a company makes the wrapper so hard to get into that you have to use scissors to open each individual gum! It's impossible to open without a tool! In addition the gum formula has changed and it now tastes like some generic coated chewing gum. Massive fails by this company. Goodbye.
Purchased in July 2020.
Can no longer find 200 piece box of Nicabate
After switching from the much more expensive Nicorette to Nicabate, and getting used to the struggle of getting to the gum, I was disappointed to see that Chemist Warehouse recently stopped stocking the 200 piece box of Nicabate, and anyone who does advertise it is now charging around $40.00 (Chemist Warehouse charged between $25.99 and $29.99 per box). So now if we ex-smokers want a big box we have to go with the $49.99 Nicorette. As one reviewer said, we know you hate us. But come on, give us a break: we gave up the smokes and have this ...minor, lingering nicotine addiction that isn't hurting the anti-smokers of the world at all. Is this the start of a new anti-nicotine campaign in which, because you can't outlaw it, you rip its users a new one?
Purchased in March 2019 at Chemist Warehouse Physical Store for $26.00.
Switched to Nicabate today. I can't open the damn stuff! When I finally got one open, after destroying about 5 of them using a chainsaw, hammer, drill, cold chisel, heel of my boot, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour. I finally got one opened with the blade of my Leatherman knife. Won't be buying anymore as I don't won't to have to cart my tool box around with me to open one. Gets a few funny looks when in public or at parties!
Purchased in March 2019 at Woolworths Physical store for $30.00.
I thought I would switch from Nicorette to Nicabate. The packaging of this product would be the worst I have ever encountered. Imagine sitting on a plane and requiring scissors to open one piece. Will not be purchasing this product again.
Purchased in February 2019.
This gum makes me want to smoke
I almost had a nervous breakdown trying to get the chewy out of its packaging. Tastes fine to me, but whats the point if I cant get it OUT?! Lol I swear this product was made BY the cigarette companies.
Packaging is infuriating
Whoever made the packaging on this product should be sacked. I won't be buying this brand of gum again. We get it. You hate us.
Helped me quit
A smoker for 40 years and finally did it! I knew that I needed something to help me as going cold turkey just didn't work. Tried heaps of times and failed every time. My work has lots of stress and I thought smoking relieved the stress, well it doesn't. All it meant was that I walked away from the stress for a few minutes and then straight back to it. Go for another smoke, a real roundabout. After a meal, well head out for a smoke because that's what I always did. In the end I asked myself why? I finally realised it is just habit and legal addi...ction. The gum has a strong flavor, packaging was a struggle to open but I used this as a motivator. I read that some people are stressed over this but use it as a tool to quit. The nicotine content in the gum was enough to take the edge of the craving. I used the gum after eating which definitely helped and I did teach myself better stress management techniques like just going for a short walk. I used the gum for 2 weeks and then just said 'no more'. Well 6 months free from the darts and I am not going back. Do I have an urge now and then, yes but I tell myself you won. The gum did work, but you still have to use your mind to beat it. You will, just persevere.
Great strong minty taste (if you like a strong minty taste!) but need scissors to get to the good st
I really like the exceptional bright fresh minty taste (I know it's not popular with some).
Problem is, it's almost impossible to get to the booty. I have to use scissors to access each individual mint. Packaging is almost certainly losing the company customers.
Yuk. Tastes like mouthwash!
Original mint was the best. This new Extra Fresh stuff is really unpleasant. Flavour is too strong and sweet. Hard to remove from packaging. New formula is so sticky it sometimes sticks to my teeth. A piece got stuck on my car seat on a hot day and ruined it!
Luckily I found Nicotinell Mint which is almost as mild as Nicabate original and I have gotten used to the flavour and really like it now. It's cheaper too, except...
I noticed Chemist Warehouse now has a 200 pack of the new Nicabate for 29.95. Hopefully that means they are trying to sell out the new formula before relaunching the old formula?
What idiot made the gum harder to remove from its wrapping???
The new 'improved' extra fresh mint gum has been given an extra layer of wrapping -- a paper surface which has to be peeled off (an almost impossible task) before you get to what seems to be tougher foil and plastic protecting the gum. I have to use scissors to break into it. It thus takes at least twice as long to obtain a piece of gum -- hardly useful when one is craving a cigarette. Whoever was responsible for this idiotic idea should be sacked.
Thanks saved me extra money.
I quit smoking years ago but still chewed the gum, thought i would never stop, but thanks to someones smart idea to change the taste and packaging i have now stopped chewing it, i would have been chewing this gum for the rest of my life, which i was fine about, rather chew than smoke, but upon trying the new gum, and because it was on special i bought 2 boxes, idiot i know, after taking forever to get a piece out, not sure why they thought put 2 layers on, but the taste was just like chewing normal gum, and for all those people like me out ther...e, the original gum had a certain taste which was satisfying, as it is now you could probably go to the shops and buy a normal packet of mint gum for $1, because sadly the new flavour has lacked everything the old one had going for it, you lost me when you stopped circulation of the lozenges, i went to heron which are heaps cheaper, and now you have lost it with the gum. Bad Bad Bad, dude check with consumers.
Why make something worse
This new gum is ridiculous. It tastes bad and is packaged like they don't want you to be able to get at it. Even when the old gum was in production it was sometimes hard to get because the stores would be out of stock. This new extra mint mustn't be selling because all the stores I go to have boxes of it falling off the shelves. You would think their marketing department would notice this. Bring back the old flavour and I will buy it but I will never buy the new extra mint, two pieces was enough.
Sneaky attempt to hike price
The new improved Nicabate Mint Gum seems to be no more than a typical "change the flavour/change the packaging" price hike undertaken without comment from Glaxo and without input from existing buyers. Like several comments already made, I too will be switching to another brand of nicotine substitute. Even worse, I may even take up smoking again. Perhaps the Glaxo marketing group should be given a copy of what happened when "new" Coke was introduced some years back. A classic study into how marketers sometime get it wrong.
Questions & Answers
Are you going to bring the old formula back? The new one is sweet and am now looking to go to another brand. Thanks
Will you be bringing back the original mint flavor,
Closest alternative - Nicotinell Mint and wash the coating off by running under the tap. A bit fiddly but at least it's usable. Also you can order Nicorette Microtabs off ebay from the UK if you want zero flavour. Nicabate, please bring back old formula gum!
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