I used to chew tobacco. I like nicotine. When I quit chewing actual tobacco I switched to the nicotine gum stuff. I liked the gum more than actual tobacco for obvious reasons like my breath not stinking, I didn't have to spit, leave a bottle at my desk for it, etc. I eventually gave up the nicotine entirely after a year on the gum. I can certainly understand why people like it. I don't fault them for that. It's actually a kinda useful drug.
But getting it by SMOKING tobacco... that has to be the worst idea ever. Health issues, smell, hassle, etc. I don't get it. Gum is -cheap- if you buy it right. I last bought some at around 17 cents for a 4mg piece. I think part of the problem is that retail prices are out of the world. I'd never buy that stuff at Walgreens or any other brick and mortar. I'm not sure why it's that out of whack either. This is from memory but retail you're looking at 50 cents per piece and Amazon is, like I said, around 17 cents.