My Testimony by John Allen

I  was hooked on nicotine for some 30 years. In 2007 a doctor prescribed  the medication Acamprosate for Tinnitus, a loud ringing in my left ear.  On a scale of 1 to 10 my ear was ringing on a level 7 to 8. After taking Acamprosate the ringing was reduced to about  a 1 to 3 level . I took the drug for 3 month and woke up one morning and didn't need the nicotine gum that I had been chewing during the 4 years prior to that time.   Amazing!   That was 7 years ago and I still don't smoke or chew nicotine gum and the ringing in my ear is still reduced.  If I would of had known about the abstract from Cedars-Sinai I would not have been so surprise when I didn't need nicotine anymore.    ,

I didn't know if the lack of desire to smoke would last; weeks, months, years went by and I still did not want or need nicotine.  It was about  5 or 6 years ago (2009 or 2010)  that I started to tell people I quit smoking due to Acamprosate. I was not surprised when people didn't believe me. If someone told me they took a drug and it made them quit smoking I wouldn't of believe them either.  I'm on TwitterYouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn  and I have a Website.  I have abstracts and e-mails about Acamprosate. How much more is it going to take before anti-smoking groups say  HEY maybe this guy really did quit smoking with Acamprosate.

 I don't smoke those nasty cigarettes anymore.   I and other smokers would risk Lung Cancer, COPD and other smoking illness but it was worth it for the nicotine.  Plus smelling terrible, bad breath, bad teeth, fire hazard, wasting money, the big hassle, people looking down on you - the list of negatives goes on.  But we would do it because we were addicted!  We would do this year after year after year.  Some of us until we had Lung Cancer, COPD or other smoking illness and were told to quit or die. For some, not even that would stop them! Only death would make them stop.      

Thanks to all my 104,000 followers on twitter.   One of my goals is to get enough followers on Twitter so that  the American Lung Association and other will pay attention to me .  My main goal is to have Acamprosate sold as an anti-smoking drug. 

John D Allen   St. Louis Mo.