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Ask A CPA - Medical Expenses

Smoking - Nicotine Gum Or Patches

Non-prescription medicines (over the counter), such as nicotine gum and certain nicotine patches, are not deductible. Deductible medical expenses do include unreimbursed amounts you paid to participate in a program to stop smoking or for prescription medicines to alleviate nicotine withdrawal.

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