tobacco

  1. Feds may pull anti-smoking Chantix after suicide link

    Smoking won't kill you -- but Chantix might

    I must be the biggest sucker in the world. I sweat my way through four years of medical school and 14-hour shifts as an intern -- all so I could hang that M.D. degree on my wall.

    Meanwhile, this country is being overrun by MILLIONS of medical experts who never stepped foot inside a classroom. And if you don't believe me, try this little experiment.

    Head outside, and light up.

    Because the second you take that first puff you can bet one of these self-proclaimed experts will crawl out of the woodwork and offer you the same old, unsolicited advice.

    He'll tell you you're killing yourself.

    Well, if Doctor Know-it-All thinks smoking is dangerous, he ought to take a good, hard look at the alternative.

    Because it turns out the miracle pill Big Pharma is foisting on millions of smokers like you may be more frightening and deadly than anything that ever rolled off the Marlboro production line.

    And it's not just me saying it -- even the anti-tobacco Nazis at the FDA are getting on board.

    The FDA has just announced plans to review Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix to see whether the risks of the drugs outweigh the benefits.

    No, friend, that's not a typo. The same government that has waged a decades-long war on tobacco, and that wants to wipe every last cigarette and cigar off the face of America, thinks you may be better off smoking than taking Chantix.

    And they're right. Since the first prescription for Chantix was filled eight years ago, it's been making some folks nuttier than a squirrel turd. Dozens of men and women have killed themselves on Chantix, and hundreds more have been stopped just in time.

    And some of the poor saps who aren't hanging themselves in their closets have been struggling with depression, hostility, and violent behavior. One California man is claiming Chantix led him to kill his wife -- and the judge is allowing the defense!

    Pfizer says it's willing to play ball on a new label that would "better reflect" Chantix's risks. How gracious of them. I imagine it might have pictures of a noose and a revolver with warning lines drawn through them.

    Friend, the rooster is crowing and the alarm bells are sounding -- this is your wake-up call. When our tobacco-hating government considers pulling an anti-smoking product off the market, the house isn't just on fire -- it's already in ashes.

    So the next time one of those anti-smoking health nuts hassles you about your cigarette, do yourself a favor. Hand him some Chantix, but tell him he better avoid the roof.

  2. Government pushes major retailers to stop selling tobacco

    Big Government thugs harassing tobacco retailers

    It's 3 a.m. and you're waiting in an alley in a long trench coat. Suddenly, a dark figure steps out of the shadows, presses a small package firmly in your hands, and quickly disappears.

    No, he didn't hand you a baggie of heroin. It wasn't a stolen handgun either.

    It was a pack of Marlboros! And if that sounds crazy to you... if you don't think you should have to sneak around like a criminal to exercise your RIGHT to smoke... you'd better start making noise before it's too late.

    More than two dozen states have sent official letters to pharmacy retailers Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway and Walmart asking them to stop selling tobacco forever. These same Big Government thugs who have been attacking your right to light up for years now want to tell PRIVATE businesses what they can sell.

    And it's all because these nanny-state liberals smell blood in the water. A few weeks back, CVS caved to their pressure and announced it would pull tobacco products next year. Their CEO even hopped on his soapbox and claimed tobacco was no longer compatible with the chain's health focus.

    Oh please spare me. If there's ever a Hypocrite Olympics, CVS will take home the gold. This is the same company that offers coupons and money-back rebates on hard alcohol... the same company that has made BILLIONS hawking prescription drugs that have been linked to the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

    And you can bet your bottom dollar that you'll still be able to stroll into any CVS store across America and buy all the vodka, Oxycontin, and super-sized bags of candy you can carry.

    Uncle Sam's move to yank tobacco out of pharmacies doesn't have a darned thing to do with your health. It's a groin shot to the entire tobacco industry that will threaten its very right to exist.

    Tobacco companies sell $2 billion worth of their product every year through CVS -- and you'd better believe that's a drop in the bucket next to Walmart.

    Listen, I'd rather put a toilet-handle in my mouth than a cigarette, because who wants to smoke burning paper? And don't even get me started on the chemicals you could be sucking down. But I DO smoke delicious all-tobacco cigars every single day, and the tobacco and nicotine help me fight everything from heart disease to cognitive decline.

    But that's entirely beside the point, isn't it? Because, in this country of all places, you ought to be able to follow the old maxim "smoke 'em if you got 'em" without worrying about some government goon looking over your shoulder while you do.

    So the next time you're in one of these pharmacy retailers Big Government is targeting, walk right up to the counter and buy your tobacco product of choice. And make sure you let the manager know that the day they stop doing business with tobacco companies, they're done doing business with you, too.

  3. Second-hand smoking study belongs in the ash can

    The anti-smoking crowd is blowing pure smoke with a new "study" claiming your parents' second-hand smoke could thicken your arteries decades later.
  4. Longer (and better) living through tobacco

    Can you really add years to your life by lighting up? While anti-tobacco activists are crowing about global smoking rates, they're refusing to admit that countries that out-smoke us outlive us, too.
  5. Government's war on tobacco goes one step further

    The feds are finally admitting that they want to wipe out every last tobacco product from sea to shining sea. But here's something they won't tell you -- a daily dose of tobacco can ward off Alzheimer's and keep your joints limber and pain-free!
  6. New Nanny State assault on smokers

    Under a new Nanny State plan in Oregon, smokers would have to see a doctor to get a prescription for tobacco.
  7. One more risk of e-cigs

    I don't care how many warnings they slap onto cigarette packages, tobacco isn't nearly as dangerous as it's been made out to be.
  8. 'Poor' health? Pay a fine!

    Next time you get on a scale, your boss could be peeking over your shoulder -- and if he doesn't like what he sees, he's going to tack an extra fee onto your health insurance premium.
  9. The REAL cause of lung cancer

    If you're at all concerned about lung cancer, stop worrying about your tobacco habit -- and start worrying about your zip code instead.
  10. How government advice KILLS smokers

    Smokers, here's more proof the government doesn't care one whit if you drop dead: The feds are outright ignoring new evidence that links a popular anti-smoking drug to suicide.

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