Last Updated Jan 12, 2009 2:27 PM EST
Heiligenstein, a University of Wisconsin-Madison psychiatrist, is also the medical director of the Wisconsin Nicotine Dependence Treatment Integration Project, according to this newsletter. The project is state-funded, according to this press release.
The relationships are potentially controversial for two reasons. First, there has been criticism that tax-funded anti-smoking efforts have been turned into sales pitches for anti-smoking drugs marketed by pharma companies. Some people believe quitting cold turkey is actually more effective than drugs.
Second, Chantix has been associated with unusual side effects (such as suicidal thoughts) and has been banned for some users, like airline pilots and truckers.
Side note: Heiligenstein is a bit of a blues guitarist. You can enjoy his music on his MySpace page here. The No.1 song listed on his page is "Baby Scratch My Back."