At the end of this short post is a link to a report from Bloomberg.com about Pfizer paying off the widow of a Minnesota man who killed himself whilst taking Chantix. The out-of-court settlement was to prevent the case from going to trial. According to this report, however, this is only “the first of more than 2,500 Chantix cases pending in federal court in Alabama set for trial”, which makes you wonder a) how many there are in the USA all told, and b) how many there are worldwide.
But that is nothing compared to the number that there should be. I believe that everyone this drug has caused injury or suffering to should have their day in court, because Pfizer knew that there were safety concerns from 2006 onwards, if not before – and even though they are now starting to pay off victims with a tiny crumb of the enormous profits they have made from this over-hyped, failure of a “wonder drug”, they are still aggressively promoting it everywhere.
Pfizer are still denying any proven link and suggesting that the “benefits” (to them) “outweigh the risks” (to you).
After the report, someone calling themselves “Brewlady” posted this comment, which I entirely agree with so I am reproducing it in full here, and if you follow the link at the end, and scroll down to the end of Bloomberg’s report, you will see the original post there.
Smoking is bad for your health, but taking Chantix can be fatal. Anti-tobacco groups continue to tell smokers to turn to pharmaceutical products to attempt to quit smoking, even though the success rate is dismal, less than 10% at one year. Which means the smoker is still either buying cigarettes or buying Chantix, the patch, nicotine gum, etc. Funny that anti-tobacco groups don’t tell smokers that their funding comes from both Big Tobacco and Big Pharma.
Reduction is a concept that allows a smoker to continue to use nicotine while eliminating the dangers of smoking. Swedish snus are proven to be safer than cigarettes, and the cancer statistics in Sweden offer documented proof of this. Electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco, only propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and nicotine. The amount of nicotine varies from zero to about 2% of the mixture, and many smokers are able to completely stop smoking by turning to this safer alternative. Unlike smoking, the vapor that an e-cig user exhales does not cause harm to bystanders.
I stopped smoking over two years ago, and my health has improved tremendously. But some insurance companies and employers are penalizing adults who are turning to these safer alternatives. Refusing employment to someone who tests positive for nicotine is discriminatory, especially when there are accurate ways to test for smoking instead.
So why have all the anti-tobacco groups suddenly become anti-nicotine? It’s a sad, simple answer. Money. These groups are running scared of e-cigs. They are lobbying “Public Health” to ban a product that has been shown to have an impressive success rate when tested on smokers who didn’t even want to quit! All over the country, well-meaning but ill-informed public health officials are implementing bans on products that offer smokers a much better success rate. North Dakota has a ballot question that will ban electronic cigarette use OUTDOORS, similar to the bans passed in cities like Boston.
It’s time for the lies to stop. We do know what’s in e-liquid, we do know that the vapor isn’t harmful, and we do know that smokers who turn to this product are able to quit. Personally, the most impressive milestone I reached wasn’t my one year vaping anniversary, or even my two year vaping anniversary, it was the day I realized that I no longer WANTED a cigarette. This was huge for 36-year smoker who had given up on quitting. This was something no pharmaceutical product had been able to do. This was my ticket to becoming smoke free.