Friday, 24 September 2010

A Scottish suicide: campaign against Champix

Champix is a smoking cessation drug with a dubious reputation. I will leave you to google it (it is known as Chantix in the USA), but anecdotal accounts of bad effects and lawsuits make taking it not such a good idea if you wish to quit smoking. Its manufacturers declare that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, but the problem is the that disadvantages can kill. This story appeared in the Paisley Daily Express before Brian McLinden's family had understood that Champix might have contributed to his death. His wife Patricia asked hypnotherapist and Champix campaigner Chris Holmes to tell her story, which he does here.

Chris rightly points out that the advantages of this drug include a spectacularly low success rate and, given the horrific stories attached to it, wonders how it remains legal. Please make this story as widely available as you can.


Eddie Douthwaite said...

Are there vested interests involved in keeping this drug on the market?

Belinda said...
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Belinda said...

post removed as it was in the wrong place.