Smoke and Die or Quit and Die

Abby Olmstead
by Abby Olmstead
April 29, 2013

Michael Siegel released an article today about the FDA called “Why is the FDA Lying About Chantix Health Risks?” He points out some very interesting flaws in the system…

On the FDA’s tobacco website, they now have a new resource for smoking cessation. On this page they encourage smokers to quit using the recommended drugs… and one is Chantix. On this page the warning for Chantix shows: side effects of Chantix may include “nausea, trouble sleeping, change in dreaming, mood swings, depression, and suicidal thoughts.” Suicidal thoughts… They fail to tell us about the suicide attempts and completions. There have been more than 300 suicides due to the use of Chantix. Why is the FDA getting away with omitting this very important warning? They have no trouble warning smokers about the dangers of electronic cigarettes, with NOT ONE confirmed death.

According to Michael Siegel’s article today, if Pfizer itself were to disseminate the same lie, it would be in contempt of the law. The FDA has emphatically required Pfizer to label its drug with a warning.

The warning label actually reads: “Serious neuropsychiatric events including, but not limited to, depression, suicidal ideation,suicide attempt, and completed suicide have been reported in patients taking CHANTIX.”

But yet, the FDA can say that electronic cigarettes pose a carcinogenic risk, as it contains “known carcinogens.” As Dr. Siegel brilliantly points out “the FDA is lying to the public about the risks associated with Chantix is disturbing not only because of the serious damage it could cause, but also because it suggests that the agency is being driven by politics and not science.”

Please leave comments below to let me know what you think about this information.


13 Responses to “Smoke and Die or Quit and Die”

      crystalT64 on April 29th, 2013 4:07 pm

      The last sentence say’s it all, “it suggests that the agency is being driven by politics and not science”

        Karla Lyle (MsV8PR) on April 29th, 2013 7:02 pm

        The FDA is a fricken joke. This just infuriates me. How can they approve a drug like this that rarely even works over vaping which has a much higher success rate. Just more bureaucracy bullsh*t

          Dale Van Droof on April 29th, 2013 8:11 pm

          I tried taking Chantix to quit smoking and that stuff made me go certifiably insane after only 2 weeks! I had to quit taking it against my doctors recommendation and ultimately failed to quit smoking. I tried vaping to quit smoking and I quit the day I got my kit with zero ill effects. My doctor knows I vape and he is fine with it! After 2 months now I still haven’t had a cigarette and my cardiovascular health gets better every day. I am not alone, my story is not unique, yet the FDA continues to support Big Pharma and ignore the success of electronic cigarettes in the lives of “Average Joe’s” like you and me! Our Government has gotten too big to care about us anymore and will do whatever they must to continue to fund their greedy nature, even at the expense of a few hundred lives. “These are troubling times in the kingdom. Indeed!”

            Michelle on April 29th, 2013 10:59 pm

            Chantix has so many side effects But the worse that I experienced was the overwhelming depression

              Greg Jones on April 29th, 2013 11:15 pm

              Beyond the FDA falsehoods, why is Chantix getting away with putting their product on the market??

                John "Shub" Fellhoelter on April 30th, 2013 5:14 pm

                We need to slip some Chantix in the FDA’s coffee.
                All of them

                  Morrinb on April 30th, 2013 7:45 pm

                  Thanks for sharing.

                    Nathaniel on May 1st, 2013 12:04 am

                    This scares me!!

                      slap_maxwell on May 1st, 2013 3:42 am

                      Typical government bullshit, excuse my French. Lobbyists and High Rollers call the shots, and the bureaucrats watch after their friends and donors. It is never about you or me. What the heck has happened to this country? Jebus….

                        cobaltjord on May 2nd, 2013 12:05 am

                        Chantix was never a possibility for me to try. That stuff is scary!

                          MrsCasey on May 2nd, 2013 9:11 pm

                          Unbelievable! I’ve tried twice to get my sister to quit smoking by using ecigs. Her last attempt was with Ego Twists and lasted about 3-4 months. Recently she told me that she had pretty much stopped using the ecig and was going to ask her Doctor for Chantix. Noooooo! I informed her of the side effects and horror stories from people who have used Chantix and that it can cause suicidal thoughts and suicide. She had no idea. I couldn’t believe it. The FDA requiring Pfizer to label the drug with a suicide warning yet not putting that warning up themselves is negligent, to put it very nicely.

                            aikanae on May 3rd, 2013 6:03 pm

                            Doctor’s will warn me away from e-cig use, then follow up with asking me if I want a prescription for Chantix. Doctor’s aren’t given the information they need and they don’t question what they are being told. I’m not a good canidate for Chantix for many reasons. This is negligence on a massive scale. I think all the current pharmecutical products are demoralizing for smokers with their high failure rates. What other medical – health condition allows products that are less than 15% successful?

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