How does the stimulation from nicotine patches compare with the stimulation from nicotine gum and e-cigarettes?
It's always on. It isn't a hit, it's an IV drip that lasts all day.
Smoking a cigarette or chewing nicotine gum has never made me jittery. But patches did.
I am thinking of starting to smoke. Is it better to start with nicotine patches or gum, then progress to e-cigarettes, and then the real thing?
Why would you do something like that?
As a smoker myself I would advise you NOT to start, but if you insist on doing that start with the "real thing" as you call it, or with e-cigs (that at least won't affect your health).
Are vapes just as effective as nicotine patches for quitting cigarettes?
The lungs are extraordinary sensitive to environmental damage. That's why real smoking is so bad. Breathing pollution does the same thing. Without getting into the physiology of lungs, there is no protection from these chemicals. The alveoli, which exchange oxygen between the air and blood, are just exposed cells.
So, vapes is just another form of inhaling chemicals. It "might" be safer than regular smoking, but the evidence is weak. There is a lot of plausibility for a hypothesis that the chemicals in vapes can damage lung cells.
If I were to choose, and I've never smoked, I'd go with patches. However, if part of your smoking habit is related to the action of smoking, starting with vapes is probably the way to go, if it is temporary. Then move to patches.
Breaking the smoking habit is very very hard. Do what makes you comfortable in moving from smoking to not smoking.
Where is the best place on the body to attach the nicotine patch?
Technically and medically it should work equally well any place on the skin of the body. Considerations for placement are more related to visibility, likelihood of coming loose or off, locations higher in fat that would be less painful upon removal, distraction from the possible tingling side effects.
How do nicotine patches work?
"A nicotine patch is a transdermal patch that releases nicotine into the body through the skin. It is used as an aid in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), a process for smoking cessation."
It may work in general, but not IMO on those who enjoy the overall feeling of taking a drag at his ciggy!