Smoking program aims to kick habit

The Mississippi State University health education and wellness department is teaming up with the ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research in Jackson to offer a tobacco cessation program for students, staff and faculty. The program and medications are provided free of charge and funded through the University Medical Center.

The ACT Tobacco Free Program combines free counseling and medication to treat nicotine addiction. Those who enroll must attend counseling sessions once a week for six weeks or be charged for the medications used during that time.

Pfizer defends anti-smoking drug Chantix

Pfizer says anti-smoking drug Chantix safe for those with mental illness.

NEW YORK (Associated Press) – Pfizer Inc. (ED pills manufacturer) said Thursday it believes its anti-smoking drug Chantix, which has been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts, can be prescribed to patients with mental illness.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pfizer Senior Medical Director Dr. Martina Flammer, who is also the medical team leader for Chantix, said that patients with a history of mental illness who are considering taking Chantix should let their doctors know of their condition.