Free Chantix? If you qualify…

Quit SmokingSometimes I take it for granted what I think people already know. I told a friend of mine that I had quit smoking on Chantix over a year ago. She said she would like to quit but Chantix was to expensive. I suggested she try to apply for help with her prescription through Pfizer. She did and both her husband and herself get Chantix for free for one year!! Woo Hoo! Isn’t that cool. So she is all excited and told all of her friends. This is what she sent to all of her Facebook friends:

A NOTE TO ANYBODY WANTING TO QUIT SMOKING! A friend of mine recently told me about a program that Pfizer offers for people wishing to quit smoking. If you meet the income requirements Pfizer will give you Chantix free for one full year! They make you re-apply every year, so technically you can get it for longer than a year, as long as you still qualify! Ed & I received our first 3 month supply yesterday! What a great deal! If we hadn’t found out about this program the medicine would have costs us $136/month each! We started the medicine today & already can see it working! Cigarettes taste horrible! You go to http://www.Pfizer.com to get information & the application! If you qualify Pfizer will send a 3 month supply to your doctor’s office, for free, every 3 months, for an entire year! Ed & I are very excited to quit smoking, we have a lot of hope that this medicine will help us do it!!! Wish us luck!!!

Go to Pfizer.com for more information.


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A Post from my Son on Smoking

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me!

Nicotine is a drug used for relaxation, no? Nicotine is a drug used as sustenance due to frequent situations where one is expected to behave well beyond the so-called ‘rational’ task, to deal with the more than the expected……and only to those addicted. To others such a task is normal and easy without any chemical help. To those addicted, it is a staple of life.

I want to see Nicotine as a ‘drug of relief’ instead of a ‘drug of sustenance’ (AKA ‘BECAUSE I HAVE TO’ ). Thus, due to my stubbornness and my expectations of being perfect, I will only be smoking one pack per day from this day on, down from two packs per day. I got off work at 9:30 PM. It is 12:26 AM now, and I’ve had three smokes since then, the normal sum is around 15 smokes, amazing?….and it doesn’t bug me. Thus, why should the force of habit make me smoke when my natural dependence to nicotine doesn’t even WANT it? Answer: I shouldn’t. I should only ‘use’ such a ‘drug’ when I ‘need’ to.

I may never ‘need’ to….but it’s a step towards a future smoke-free life. I should never ‘need’ anything besides myself and those close to me, but the word ‘need’ is almost synonymous with the word ‘want’……Do I want what I need, or do I need what I want? One way to tell, and I’m trying to figure out that question by literally cutting my smoking in half.

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Pregnancy and Smokng

Smoke Free 35 days!!

Pregnancy and Smoking

Some of the good information from Quitnet.com

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a pregnant woman can do to ensure a healthy baby. Women who smoke are 3x more likely to have difficulty getting pregnant[18], and are more likely to lose their baby to spontaneous abortion and stillbirth[19]. Smoking has been estimated to cause as many as 140,000 miscarriages each year[20]. Smoking during pregnancy also causes premature labor and delivery, cleft palate and cleft lip, low birth weight, and numerous childhood cancers. Smoke inhaled by young children of mothers who smoke is associated with an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses, and ear infections.[21]
Quitting early in the pregnancy provides the greatest benefit to the fetus. This is the time when the most important developments are taking place – the heart and lungs are forming and the brain is beginning to develop. However, a woman and her baby will still benefit greatly even if she quits late in pregnancy.



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If you are a Woman-Please don’t Smoke!

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This post started out to be about smoking and early menopause. This happened to me so I thought it would be interesting to research. Well, as it turns out I found out a lot more about women and smoking then I really wanted to know. It’s scary girls, so especially you teenagers, PLEASE DON’T EVER LITE UP!

Did any of you know that smoking affects your ESTROGEN LEVEL? There are significantly lower levels of estrogens noted in many studies of women smokers. Also, lower levels of estrogens causes early menopause. Therefore, when we quit our estrogen levels increase hence, QUIT ZITS. It may be why we gain weight also. I feel like I am going through puberty again. Does this mean I will go through Menopause again? I need more answers. A call to my Doctor is definately in order.

Anyway, here are some studies done on women regarding smoking and our estrogen levels and the problems that can arise, whether we quit or not.

This is an excerpt from the International Journal of Cancer, 2004 (Vol. 112) (No. 2) 324-328

And finally, as we have seen, smokers who are on the pill have as much as 20 times the risk as nonsmokers on the pill. This may have to do with the fact that cigarette smoking alters the estrogen metabolism in premenopausal women. The resulting lower estrogen levels cause premature menopause, which in itself increases the risk of coronary heart disease. All in all, because of the high prevalence of smoking among women, eliminating this habit would probably be the single most effective method of reducing their incidence of heart disease.”

And this is from the Document Title: International Journal of Cancer, 2004 (Vol. 112) (No. 2) 324-328

“We conclude that ever-smoking was associated with the risk of breast cancer in women with high levels of estrone, and that ex-smoking was associated with breast cancer in women with high levels of estrone or estradiol.”

This is from International Journal of Epidemiology 2000;29:845-851
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International Epidemiological Association 2000

Conclusions: Smoking was independently related to an earlier menopausal transition, although the effect on inception of the perimenopause was particularly observed among underweight women.




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