Trying to quit smoking is getting harder for commercial truck drivers.  Thanks to a tip from Mercer driver, Patrick Kelley, I have found that the a federal agency is warning medical examiners to not certify truck drivers if they are on the popular drug, Chantix.  Here is a direct quote from the FMCSA, “… it appears that medical examiners should not certify a driver taking Chantix because the medication may adversely affect the driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.”

So for those of you that have considered this drug to stop smoking, you may want to try the cold turkey method. Have a great day, and go Mercer!

  1. Sandy
    December 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    A much better alternative to quit smoking is acupuncture. It’s drug free, takes only two sessions, costs around $110, depends on your area. AND you can get right back in your truck and drive afterwards. The only side effect is you can quit smoking and you’ll feel quite relaxed and energized. You may have to have a follow up occasionally (months or years later) when and if you get cravings.

  2. Nellie Engleman
    December 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I used Chantix 3 years ago. While I will never regret quittting smoking, I will always regret using Chantix. It worked but the problems caused by Chantix will probably always be with me.

  3. Ron Baker
    December 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I used the patches about 15 years ago and have not smoked since. You must want to quit first and foremost.

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