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

Smoke Free 80 Days!

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!

Smoke Free 25 Days!

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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Chantix Now Covered by Insurance Companies

“Many of the Insurance Companies are now covering Chantix because it has had such good results!”

Today, when I went to Walgreen’s to pickup my Continuing Monthly Pack of Chantix, I had the best surprise! I had several other items I was picking up and the pharmacist said, “Your total is $65.” I thought, oh gosh he forgot the Chantix. So I asked, “Does that include the Chantix?” He said, “Yes, your Chantix was only $20.” I about fell over. My mouth did drop to the floor, which wasn’t a very pretty sight I’m sure, since I had four teeth pulled the other day. 🙂 Anyway, the pharmacist continued, “Many of the Insurance Companies are now covering Chantix because it has had such good results!” WOW! Of course I had to tell him I had 12 days smoke free and I had tried everything else there is at least once, and nothing worked except Chantix. I’m sure I was skipping to the car and could not stop smiling. I also couldn’t wait to get home and Blog about it.

Of course you all know what this means don’t you?!! ANYONE can quit smoking using Chantix now. If you have insurance, please check it out and see if Chantix is covered now. It wasn’t in November so this might have just gone into effect January 2008! If you don’t have insurance, go to the Chantix site and there is a link to help those who qualify, lower income, etc., to get Chantix at a reduced price. So, absolutely ANYONE can get Chantix. That is so awesome. Especially now, all those New Year’s Resolutions to quit smoking, and now they can. Some might think I work for Pfizer or am paid to endorse this product. That could not be further from the truth. I am just a 50 year old lady that has smoked since she was 12 years old and has been diagnosed with COPD which includes moderate Emphysema, who has begged many Doctors to hospitalize me so I wouldn’t be grouchy at my family, especially my kids, while I went through withdrawal. I have been trying to quit for the last 10 years. When I turned 40 I wanted to do it then, then all of a sudden I turned 50, and redoubled my efforts. I finally came to terms with the fact that, no matter what, I will not take another puff. In the beginning the Chantix made me nauseated and I thought to myself, “well, I can quit taking it and keep smoking.” Then I re-thought that statement and said to myself, “well, even if I throw up on the sidewalk walking in to work, I am not going to smoke.” Then I knew I was willing to go to any length to quit smoking. The nausea went away after the first week and it hasn’t returned since. I make sure I take the Chantix after I have eaten and with a full glass of water. That seems to really help.

Chantix is now being covered by many insurance companies. That is the best news of the year for me. No more excuses. The cost of Chantix cannot be used to rationalize a reason for me to smoke. This news had made me very grateful and hopeful that many others will be able to try Chantix and become non-smokers.

TTFN


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Gum Disease and Smoking-It’s so Glamorous

Smoke Free for 9 days!

There is a couple of things I want to talk about today regarding not-smoking and this new life I have chosen for myself. First, for all of you young people that are smoking out there, one of the many disadvantages to smoking is Gum Disease. If I wasn’t so vain I would take a picture of my teeth and show you.

This picture from Oral Health Information is pretty close. It’s not pretty is it girls! Trust me, quit smoking now so this doesn’t happen to you. The Oral Health Information site has a lot of good information about quitting smoking. Check it out!

Gum Diseased Teeth

Today I am having six teeth pulled on my upper mouth. Having made the decision to get dentures, which I should have done a long time ago, this is the first step of many and it is painful and awful to go through. No, it’s not as horrible as Lung Cancer, but it is something a lot of us, especially us ladies, particularly single ladies, don’t want to have to do in our lifetime. They are pulling six today and the other six on top, (the front ones) in three weeks. Unfortunately, I have a big mouth and when I smile you can see all my teeth,even in the back. So…for the next three weeks I am going to have to not smile. Isn’t that just great. I have been trying not to smile to big for about two years now since my teeth got really bad, it doesn’t always work because basically I am a happy person and have always smiled at people, strangers and all, just about all my life. It would be interesting to see their reaction though! 🙂 Just kidding, maybe..

Please read the article below. I will write more when I can. The other topic I want to talk about is Yoga, and Pilates and how much I hate them because they make me sick, (like motion sickness) nauseated, dizzy and I’ve had to run out of class because I thought I was going to throw up!

TTFN

Here is what the American Academy of Periodontology.

In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout, the American Academy of Periodontology hopes to help educate the public about one specific threat to smokers – periodontal disease. Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can slow down the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.

How does smoking increase your risk for periodontal disease? As a smoker, you are more likely than nonsmokers to have the following problems:

  • Calculus – plaque that hardens on your teeth and can only be removed during a professional cleaning
  • Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Loss of the bone and tissue that support your teeth

If the calculus is not removed during a professional cleaning, and it remains below your gum line, the bacteria in the calculus can destroy your gum tissue and cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. When this happens, periodontal pockets form and fill with disease-causing bacteria.

If left untreated, periodontal disease will progress. The pockets between your teeth and gums can grow deeper, allowing in more bacteria that destroy tissue and supporting bone. As a result, the gums may shrink away from the teeth making them look longer. Without treatment, your teeth may become loose, painful and even fall out.

Save Your Smile

Research shows that smokers loose more teeth than nonsmokers do. In fact, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20 percent of people over age 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while a whopping 41.3 percent of daily smokers over age 65 are toothless.In addition, research shows that current smokers don’t heal as well after periodontal treatment as former smokers or nonsmokers. But these effects are reversible if the smokers kick the habit before beginning treatment.

Not Just Cigarettes

Other tobacco products are also harmful to your periodontal health. Smokeless tobacco also can cause gums to recede and increase the chance of losing the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place.And, a study of cigar and pipe smokers published in the January, 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association revealed that cigar smokers experience tooth loss and alveolar bone loss at rates equivalent to those of cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers experience tooth loss at a rate similar to cigarette smokers.

Other Oral Problems

Researches also have found that the following problems occur more often in people who use tobacco products:

  • Oral cancer
  • Bad breath
  • Stained teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Loss of taste
  • Less success with periodontal treatment
  • Less success with dental implants
  • Gum recession
  • Mouth sores
  • Facial wrinkling

Find Out More

If you are interested in more information about tobacco use and periodontal disease, here are some steps to take:

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