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Does Quit Smoking Laser Therapy Work?
Quit Smoking Laser. Is It A Fraud?
Smoking is a pernicious habit. It is highly unjurious to your health, costs a fortune and is becoming more and more socially unacceptable. Little by little there is a movement amongst smokers to give it up.Unfortunately it's not easy to give up smoking. Addiction to nicotine, one of the ingredients of tobacco, is extremely difficult to kick. Cigarettes are some of the most addictive products, if not the most addictive, known to man. People across the world are struggling to quit smoking, and having varying degrees of success.There are many ways to give up smoking, some of them more successful than others. None of them are successful with everybody, and there are plenty of people who try method after method to try to give up smoking. Some people spend their whole life in a battle with nicotine and cigarette addiction.And so there are many out there who would try and profit from this trend towards giving up smoking. Anti smoking treatments are big business and many people are getting rich bringing out new methods of giving up smoking and marketing them to the smoking public. Some of course are extremely effective anti smoking products and methods, and some not so successful.
Does Laser Therapy To Quit Smoking Work?
The laser method to stop smoking relies on the basic principles of acupuncture. Low level laser is used to apply to acupuncture points on the body. The intention is that this will act on the nerve endings in the area to which the laser is applied. This will stimulate the nerves thereby producing endorphins. Those endorphins, in turn, act to significantly reduce the cravings that are a product of nicotine withdrawal, and if the cravings produced by the cigarette addiction are reduced or eliminated the ability to withdraw without significant stress is improved.So, it's easy to stop smoking.Proponents of the stop smoking laser method maintain that it only takes a few, or even as few as one, treatment, to quit smoking. It is suggested by some that one half hour session is enough for many people. However there are some doubts about the efficacy of the stop smoking laser treatments available. It all sounds wonderful to someone in the grip of a serious nicotine addiction, and someone trying to give up smoking can be forced into grasping at straws. If someone claims that one small session of simple non invasive and painless treatment is going to help you quit smoking that is a very powerful message for some people to hear and many would be swayed by the temptation to just give it a go.However the question remains, does quit smoking laser therapy work?
There Seems To Be Plenty Of Opinions That It Doesn't. What About Evidence?
If you read the websites of the stop smoking laser therapy practitioners you will see that in some cases they quote medical or scientific evidence in support of the efficacy of their low level laser therapy treatments to combat smoking. However the reality is that it is extremely difficult to find solid scientific evidence in support of the therapy. Those who quote so called medical evidence do not give links to papers where that evidence is published.
I have not been able to find any reputable scientific study that supports the conclusion that quit smoking laser therapy works. Now of course that doesn't mean that laser therapy to quit smoking does not work. Nor does it mean that there is no evidence that it works, just that I haven't seen it.
For that reason I have started a website dedicated to low level quit smoking laser therapy. To investigate the evidence or lack of evidence and to provide a place where the general public can read more about laser therapy, and in particular to document their own experiences with laser to stop smoking. Anyone can add their experience with laser therapy to my website, either good or bad, so that other visitors can read it and learn.
However there is a wide range of other sources that claim that anti smoking laser is a fraud. I have listed many of them on my website The Quit Smoking Laser Therapy Guide.
For example in 2006 the public defender consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the US FDA to ask it to stop 5 prominent anti smoking laser therapy clinics from claiming that their laser therapy works to stop people smoking on the basis that there is no evidence that laser works at all.And there are other documents online that suggest also that there is a complete lack of evidence about the efficacy of the treatment, and that it amounts to no more than a fraud on the public, and the latest episode of snake oil sellling.Here's a few of the documents that I'm referring to:
- The Public Citizens FDA Petition
Find out more about the petition by Public Citizens about the quit smoking laser companies
- Healthline's view on laser therapy to quit smoking
Find out what healthline thinks of laser therapy to quit smoking.
- The Sydney Morning Herald.
The Sydney Morning Herald is an Australian newspaper. Read what they write about an Australian laser therapy practitioner
- Freedom Laser Therapy
Read where a laser therapy company itself describes the treatment as experimental (and see a video of an interview about quit smoking laser).
So What Do You Think?
I'm not saying that laser therapy to stop smoking works or it doesn't. I don't know. I'm just pointing out some resources that you might like to have a look at if you're thinking of undergoing quit smoking laser therapy.
There seems to be no solid evidence either way, so it's up to you to make up your own mind.
Oh, and if you do (or have already done) quit smoking laser therapy please visit my website and leave some feedback on how it went, good or bad, for the benefit of all the readers of the site who want some unbiased feedback from those who have already tried it. Thanks