Varenicline ( Chantix ) does not produce depression or suicide: new study
The smoking cessation medicine, varenicline, has proven safe and effective in numerous placebo-controlled trials, but in the post-marketing phase there were numerous reports of patients experiencing “neuropsychiatric effects” ranging from poor con...
Happy Independence Day.
Its funny to think I’ve now been writing this column for over a year. Last year at this time I wrote a brief article encouraging ex-smokers to celebrate their independence from tobacco, and reminding us that the history of the United States is ver...
For very many smokers, drinking and smoking go together hand in hand. Consequently, when smokers try to quit smoking they often find that having a drink of alcohol triggers the desire to also have a smoke. In addition, once alcohol starts to cloud...
Checking In With Carrie
So, how did your day go? What were your most difficult moments and how did you work through them? Were there any surprises? Do you feel more confident in your abilities? DrK
Yet another study finds combination pharmacotherapy gives higher quit rates.
I’ve discussed on numerous occasions on this blog the evidence that combining certain smoking cessation medicines consistently gets higher quit rates. In the past week another large study was published by the research group at University of Wiscon...
Smoking and HIV.
Twenty years ago, people who found out they had the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) felt as though they had been given a death sentence. At that time we did not have medicines that had been shown to be very effective in slowing the progression ...
New study compares Chantix to the nicotine patch
We have already talked about the studies showing that Chantix (varenicline or Champix outside the US) is more effective than both placebo pills and Zyban (bupropion) for smoking cessation. There has also been one study comparing smoking cessation ...
Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear, odorless gas that is produced by burning any carbon-based substance. So when tobacco is burned and inhaled, one of the 4,000 or more chemicals that enters the body is CO. When the smoke is inhaled into the lungs, C...
Why comprehensive tobacco control?
In my post of May 9th I described some of the reasons why it is unwise to cut funding for comprehensive tobacco control. But what exactly is it and why does it need to be “comprehensive”?The main reason for trying to reduce tobacco consumption wit...
You CAN quit smoking
Most tobacco smokers say they would rather quit. Most have already tried to quit smoking before but have not yet been able to quit and stay quit. One of the effects of repeated unsuccessful quit attempts is that the smoker can lose confidence that...