By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 7 Comments
    Chantix Fights Free of Black Box Warning

    The manufacturer of the stop-smoking drug Chantix received a Christmas gift from the Food and Drug Administration. The medication has carried a black box warning for seven years. It warned of serious …

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    Why Smoking Just a Little Is Still Bad for You

    Everyone recognizes that smoking is hazardous to your health. But some people have been telling themselves that smoking just a few cigarettes a day doesn't increase their risk of premature death. Are …

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2016 2 Comments
    How Can You Give Up Gum That Helps You Stop Smok…

    What is the one thing you could do to change your health for the better? Experts agree that┬áif you smoke, you should stop smoking. But what if you get your nicotine another way? One reader shared thi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 8 Comments
    Can You Get Addicted to Nicotine Gum?

    There is no question that the single most important step a person can take toward improved health is to stop smoking. Nobody ever would or should say this step is easy, though. Fortunately, there are …

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2016 3 Comments
    Did Her Stop-Smoking Drug Make Her Wet the Bed?

    There is no question that quitting smoking is one of the most important steps a person can take to improve her health. There are now a number of medications that can help people become non-smokers. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Quit Smoking Now for Better Health

    Stopping smoking is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health, but what is the best approach, cold turkey or gradual withdrawal? Why Cold Turkey Quitting Works Better: A n…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2015 4 Comments
    FDA Warns About Chantix Reactions

    The stop-smoking drug varenicline (Chantix) has been widely advertised on television. The commercials encourage people to ask their doctor if Chantix is right for them. But this week, the Food and Dru…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2014 2 Comments
    Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Linked to Suicidal Tho…

    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices monitors the reports of adverse drug events that FDA receives each quarter. In its most recent Quarter Watch┬áreport, patient safety analysts noted that the…

    By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2014 11 Comments
    Electronic Cigarettes Not Magical for Those Who …

    E-cigarettes are becoming extremely popular. Some experts predict that they will surpass combustible cigarette sales within the coming decade. Public health experts have wondered whether this alternat…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2012 0 Comments
    Smoking Bans Save Lives

    Smoking bans really do make a big difference for health. That's the conclusion from a study published in the journal Circulation. Researchers looked at 45 studies in several countries including the U.…

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2012 1 Comments
    Workouts Work for Quitting

    Quitting smoking is hard. Compared to other compounds, nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the market. But a good hard physical workout may help smokers overcome their nicotine cravings. Re…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2012 0 Comments
    Never Too Old to Quit

    No matter what their age, smokers can reap substantial health benefits by quitting. That's the conclusion from a new meta-analysis of 17 studies. The statistics from these international studies show t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2012 3 Comments
    Nicotine Products Don’t Help Much

    Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps people can take to improve their health. It is also one of the hardest. That is why aids such as nicotine gum and nicotine patches have been so popu…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2011 14 Comments
    How Good Is Chantix for Quitting Smoking?

    Over the last few years we have received many powerful stories from visitors about the stop-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline). Some have been very pleased with the ease with which they quit smoking. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Adults Lick Lollipops For Nicotine Fix

    Are cigarettes drugs? The FDA once argued that a cigarette is a "high technology nicotine delivery system" and therefore should be subject to regulation. A lot of people thought the FDA was way out of…