ANCHOR LEAD: ONE DRUG USED TO HELP PEOPLE QUIT SMOKING PRESENTS SOME HEART RISKS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Everyone knows smoking is bad for your heart, but now a study by Sonal Singh at Johns Hopkins and colleagues internationally has shown that use of one medication to assist smokers in quitting, called Chantix, may increase the risk of cardiac events by over 70%. Singh says the results sound a note of warning.
SINGH: Smoking cessation is everybody has to quit and actually people shouldn't even start so that's more important and when you have to quit use whatever options are available. Use support groups, use Zyban, use Welbutrin, use nicotine replacement. Chantix, I don't know, is it a drug some people nothing else will work? I'm not saying they shouldn't use Chantix, they should discuss that but I think people should know about these risks and benefits. :22
Previous research has demonstrated that employing a multitude of strategies, such as support groups, nicotine replacement, cognitive behavioral therapy, and perhaps a medication, offers the best chance for successful smoking cessation. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.