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East Texas Woman Quits Smoking Using New Medication

For more than 25 years an East Texas woman has smoked cigarettes, and about half that time she tried to quit. Finally, Leslie Jones of Henderson can say she's cigarette free thanks to a new medication called Chantix.

"I didn't really think I would be able to because my cigarettes were kind of like my best friend, you know if something goes wrong, or I get upset that was the first thing I would go to," said Jones. 

That's when Jones says she asked her doctor for help, and her doctor recommended Chantix. "It's worked," said Jones. "I haven't had a cigarette in three months and two days.

Doctor Bryan Lowery of Trinity Clinic says he's prescribed the medication to several of his patients, and has seen success.  "It's a nicotine receptor blocker, so it basically makes cigarette smoking less pleasurable," said Family Medicine Trinity Clinic Dr. Bryan Lowery. "Nicotine is very addictive and the brain is very complicated, so we have to trick the brain into not needing the chemical all the time, so it will help, but it all goes back to the will power of the patient."

After three months on the medication, Jones says her desire for cigarettes is gone.  "I don't really feel bad without them," said Jones. "It really feels good because food tastes different, and I can breathe better. I don't feel so stuffy all the time, and it really feels good to say I finally made it this time."

Doctors say Chantix costs around $90 dollars a month.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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