Is Chantix driving people insane?

Is Chantix driving people insane?

Is Chantix driving people insane?

Is Chantix driving people insane. A man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife due to his use of the smoking-cessation drug Chantix.

Why would anyone want to risk their mental health by taking quit smoking pills when once you know the facts, it’s easy to quit.


‘The stop-smoking pill made me do it’: Man found not criminally responsible for shooting wife

From The Washington Post via MSM by Tom Jackman

The smoking-cessation drug Chantix has now played a crucial role in a second violent crime. On Monday, a Maryland man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife in the neck in their home in 2014 because he was found to be suffering from “involuntary intoxication” due to Chantix. His wife survived.

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Slider’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenburg, argued at Sluder’s hearing that Chantix caused Sluder to have a chemical imbalance. And prosecutors in New Carroll essentially did not argue with that, which would tend to indicate that their mental health expert examined Sluder and came to the same conclusion. The prosecutors allowed Sluder to enter an Alford plea to assault, and they dropped two counts of attempted murder.

Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Stansfield found Sluder not criminally responsible for the assault charge and ordered him released from custody Monday, according to the Carroll County Times. The Times reported that the shooting victim and her family pleaded with the judge not to release Sluder, but the judge said he was bound by the definition of not criminally responsible. The family reportedly was not happy with the decision.

Pfizer, the maker of Chantix, has denied that the drug has any neuropsychiatric effects. But McClatchy News Service reported in 2014 that more than 2,000 people had joined in lawsuits against Pfizer for various psychiatric problems, including suicide and suicidal thoughts. Pfizer settled most of them for an estimated total of at least $299 million, McClatchy reported.

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But in 2014, MacDonald was granted a rehearing because of revelations about Chantix, which he hadn’t been allowed to pursue at trial. McClatchy reported that one week after the judge in MacDonald’s case refused to compel Pfizer to respond to a subpoena, the FDA issued a “black box” warning on Chantix because of its potential for “serious neuropsychiatric” problems. It is the most serious warning a medication can carry and still be sold. . . . (more)

E-Cigarettes Banned for Secondhand Smoke to Save the Children

E-cigarettes banned

E-cigarettes banned because second hand smoke harms children. E-cigarettes do not emit any smoke.

E-cigarettes banned in public housing to save the children from the health effects of secondhand smoke? That’s what the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is calling for. Trouble is that e-cigarettes don’t emit secondhand smoke but only water vapor. But then why let facts get in the way of an idea whose time has come.

Health groups call for e-smoking ban in public housing

From The Hill by Tim Devaney

The Obama administration should extend a public housing smoking ban to electronic cigarettes, health advocates say.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a smoking ban in November that would protect public housing residents, and particularly children and the elderly, from the effects of secondhand smoke.

The smoking ban would prohibit people from lighting cigarettes, cigars and pipes inside government-assisted homes for low-income families. It would also extend to outdoor common areas.

With the comment period closing, dozens of health groups on Tuesday urged HUD to extend the smoking ban to e-cigarettes, and make sure the rules apply not only to future residents, but also current residents.

“There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure for children,” wrote Benard Dreyer, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics . . . (more)

Killing Your Urge to Smoke

Killing your urge to smoke

As can be seen in this O’Reilly vs. George Will excerpt from a YouTube clip where it is mainly O’Reilly who is on the attack, Will brings his hand up to his face as shown above and at 0:12 of the clip. The hand gesture being used is a combination of let me think about that and steepling.

Steepling is hand gesture that puts you in a position of power and makes you impervious to attack. That doesn’t mean that you will win your argument, but it will go a long way in helping to keep you from getting flustered or being intimidated: for some reason it acts as a shield that causes your attackers words to just sort of bounce off. Try it the next time someone is trying to tear you a new one; you’ll be surprised at how well it works. The hand to the lips gesture, what I call The Thinker, not only makes you look attentive but also blocks an observer from reading your emotions.

You may have noticed that people who are in a slightly awkward or slightly uncomfortable social situation often bring a hand up to their face; you may also have noticed this of people being interviewed on TV. This is a gesture that is most often activated at a subconscious level with the people who are doing it not even aware of what they are doing. But what it does is ground out built up nervous energy or tension in much the same way that an electrical charge can be grounded out. It’s also a way of re-centering yourself or getting in touch with yourself (pun intended) that will go a long way in helping you from being thrown off balance or keep you from “losing it.”

And what do smokers do every time they take a puff of their cigarette? They bring their hand up to their lips.

Bringing your hand up to your lips is also another way to use pressure breathing in a way that no one should notice. By pressing your index finger against your lips and slowly forcing your breath out against the resistance of your finger you can create pressured, or thicker, air in your lungs. Pressured breathing is used quite frequently by both smokers and non-smokers as a way to blow off steam, or reduce stress; and it is one of a number of ways that you can get the satisfaction of smoking without having to light and smoke a cigarette, and kill your urge to smoke. Notice that George Will has his index, or forefinger, pressed against his lips — a sneaky way to get one of the benefits of smoking — actually three of the benefits: grounding, the feeling of having a substance (such as cigarette smoke) in your lungs, and a stress reducing breathing technique — and all without having to smoke.

Smoking Could be Banned in Downtown Providence, RI

File:Lewis Hine, Newsies smoking at Skeeter's Branch, St. Louis, 1910.jpgCould Smoking be banned in downtown Providence, RI? Apparently, smokers have been banned from their usual outdoor smoking haunts and dispersed throughout the city. This seems to have upset the relentless anti-smoking establishment more than ever because now the smokers along with their accompanying cigarette smoke and discarded butts are to be found everywhere. The reason for the ban? The usual nonsensical, bogus, second hand smoke is harmful BS, even in wide open spaces, and even though that argument has been thoroughly debunked. As far as the litter from the butts, there’s no need to ban smoking when cigarettes can be field stripped army style — problem solved. But why solve a problem when you can go full force nanny frontal attack, fine and arrest people, and make their lives miserable. But why fight it when you can just go along to get along? Repeat after me: I hear and I obey. Screw that.

You’re in the army now. How to field strip a cigarette:

From the Boston Globe by Vergie Hoban:

‘Could smoking be snuffed out in downtown Providence?’

… In recent months, the strip along Francis Street outside the Providence Place mall has become a de facto smoking section for downtown puffers. First, the city banished smokers from parks. Then, more and more businesses started shooing smokers from their doorways, leaving smokers like Robert Black, who lit up outside the mall on Thursday afternoon, with an ever-shrinking list of places to go.

Now, those remaining haunts may be going up in smoke. A former mayor — no, it’s not Buddy Cianci — wants to ban smoking from all of downtown Providence. And the president of the City Council has said he supports the prohibition.

“They’re sitting on curbs, sitting on steps, standing in the doorways of buildings . . . if it’s warm or cold, that’s what they do,” said former mayor Joseph Paolino, who fancies himself the Providence incarnation of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who championed an array of aggressive public health initiatives. “We have an opportunity in Providence to Bloomberg our downtown. We’re halfway to China — keep going, let’s get it done.”

Some City Council members say the proposed ordinance is an answer to the unexpected consequences that arose after smoking in public parks was banned last year. With a $50 fine over their head, smokers dispersed throughout the city, congregating on sidewalks and outside local businesses.

“Instead of condensing it to certain areas, they’re now throwing butts all over the place,” said Providence City Councilor Terrence Hassett, who co-sponsored the ordinance. “So where it was a little problem before, and an inconvenience to tidy up, it’s become much more vast.”

Paolino, who owns several buildings downtown, said he suggested the legislation to the City Council because of an outpouring of complaints from neighboring businesses and tenants in his building who dodge a gauntlet of secondhand smoke on their way to work.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and figures from the Rhode Island Department of Health show that in 2012 — the latest year for which data were available — 17.4 percent of Rhode Island adults smoked.

Paolino said that, ultimately, a downtown-wide ban will “clean up the city and save people’s lives.”

“What we have now is just not attractive, it’s not healthy for people, and it’s not conducive to what we want Providence to be,” Paolino said.

Under the proposal, smoking would be banned on streets and sidewalks throughout downtown …”

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Doctor Says Cigarettes Contain Over 600 Ingredients, 4000 Chemicals

By Dr. Michelle Kmiec from Wake Up World

The Truth About Modern Cigarettes: What They Don’t Want You To Know

Chemicals in Cigarettes

We can rebuild the cigarette. We can make it faster, stronger — chemically, more perfect.

Modern cigarettes contain a whopping 600 ingredients, which translates to over 4000 chemicals. In addition to the familiar toxic ingredients found in cigarettes like tar and nicotine, many people are surprised to learn that cigarettes contain many other highly toxic ingredients, such as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, DDT, butane, acetone, carbon monoxide, and even cadmium.

Did you know that The National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated that in the United States alone, smoking is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths per year, and that by the year 2030 tobacco related deaths worldwide are projected to be approximately 10 million?

It is no surprise that this chemical cocktail is responsible for so many deaths resulting from two of the leading killers in the United States: cardiovascular disease and cancer. But there are other common health conditions that are . . .

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