How Important Is Quitting Smoking?

by Dr. Antonio Howell, MD

in Blog

The 3 Week Diet

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing anybody can do to improve their health. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death.

In the U.S. and around the world smoking remains the biggest cause of death and nearly 70 percent of the people smoking in the nation say that they want to quit smoking. However treatments that exist work poorly.

After three months of treatment, 44% of patients using Chantix (varenicline) gave up smoking compared with 30 percent taking Zyban.

After one year the success rate is approximately 22% for Chantix vs 16% for Zyban vs placebo which is 8%.

Varenicline is the first non-nicotine based pill for quitting smoking since bupropion.

The most common adverse events associated with CHANTIX (>5% and twice the rate seen in placebo-treated patients) were:

* nausea,
* sleep disturbance,
* constipation,
* flatulence, and
* vomiting.

Chantix is also called Champix in Europe and Canada.

Listen to what people are saying about Chantix (or Champix) –

“I set a quit date – 2 weeks from when I started Chantix. By the end of the first week, I was smoking about one-third of my normal intake. I just didn’t think about smoking. By the end of 2 weeks, i was ABLE to choose to not smoke! Unbelievably, cigarettes just tasted aweful, there was no pleasure in even smoking one! just YUK!” ~Renee~

“From a 40 year smoker…There is a seven day ramp-up with the meds; you can smoke during that time period. On day seven, I smoked my last cigarette. I have been smoke free for a week now! I have not suffered the “heebie jeebies” this time as I have in the past. The biggest problem I deal with, and on a scale of 1 to 100 it is only a 5, is fighting the ritual of having a smoke when waking up in the a.m., driving, breaks, etc. I know I’m going to succeed this time.” ~David~

“Chantix is a wonderful drug for me. I have had nausea, however, it’s nothing that would make me stop taking it. One thing that I’ve noticed though is you can’t depend solely on this medication to do all the work. It really helps you but you still have to want this for ‘you’.” ~Shari~

“I have to agree with the others that there some side effects (nausea right after taking the pill for a few minutes) but nothing to the point where I would stop taking it.” ~Jennifer~


I was a die-hard smoker. I have tried quitting so many times I can’t count them. Cold turkey, the patch, the gum, the inhaler, the lozenges… I’ve even been hypnotized twice! None of them did the trick. I held out hope that maybe Chantix was the answer. It was! I was afraid to quit on day 8 as they suggest, so I kept smoking. But, on day 9 I only had 2 cigarettes – they both tasted awful and held no pleasure at all for me. So, on day 10 I went the first day without cigarettes and on a scale from 1 – 10 of difficulty/withdrawl level with 10 being the most difficult, it was a 2. I couldn’t beleive how easy it was. I’m now 5 weeks and 3 days into quitting and owe it all to Chantix. Already my nagging little cough has gone away and I see how horrible people who do smoke smell!!! Yuck! I’m glad to know I don’t smell like that to non-smokers anymore. -ANONYMOUS


57 years a smoker and I quit in two weeks. I had cut my consumption by 2/3 before starting Chantix. Ten days after starting Chantix I arrived at my “Quit Date.” I smoked 3 cigs in the first three days and NONE SINCE. That was three months ago. Chantix breaks the need for nicotine. It does NOT break the habit of reaching for a cigarette. You have to overcome that one by yourself. But, it is CERTAINLY A LOT EASIER without the nicotine craving. I stopped taking Chantix after two prescriptions (56 days.) For me, CHANTIX WORKS! -ANONYMOUS

Quitting smoking is probably the number one thing anyone can do to be healthier but that does not make it any easier. Thank you for your testimonials.


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