For 45 million American smokers, lighting up while driving, after eating, when nervous or bored, talking on the phone or like a film star after sex is a calming act that you train yourself to expect… and enjoy.
Smokers can hardly avoid the pleasure side of tobacco, as it settles into brain receptors and triggers natural pleasure feel-good endorphins. The problem with modern tobacco, as every quit smoking campaigns attests, is that the other chemical baggage includes toxins and carcinogens that impose huge health risks on the smoke.
Laser smoking cessation treatment, commencing in Canada in the 1980s, offers smokers another tool to eliminate or minimize their tobacco addiction. Laser smoking cessation therapy lacks scientific results proof and FDA approvals, however thousands of smokers are popularizing this new therapy, voting with their feet and their pocket book.
Smoking Cessation Laser Therapy – What’s Involved.
Sitting back in a comfortable chair, you feel virtually nothing. However, the qualified laser technician is directing a controlled beam of infrared or red spectrum “cold light” onto points around your body normally associated with acupuncture therapy. Center of your wrist… on your ear… on your nose.
Utilizing the focal points associated with 3000 year old Chinese acupuncture, laser therapy aims to trigger a bodily response variously described as “Qi”, yin-yang balance or in technical parlance hormonal endorphins. Here’s what happens when you smoke. Inhaling tobacco smoke triggers your body’s release of endorphins, these unique system-calming hormone stimulants. The more you smoke, the more “addictive response” you create, where specific neural receptor sites become agitated… you experience “craving” and then settle the matter by reaching for your cigarettes.
Smoking cessation laser treatment mirrors the smoking process, allegedly stimulating your body’s endorphin response. Result? You get the same endorphin-like calming effects without the need of smoking.
Anti Smoking Laser Treatment – Doctor’s Visits And Costs.
Smokers and non smokers should always approach intervention therapy cautiously. You have psychological, physiological and emotional risks to balance. After your interview and health screening, you’ll set up 1 to 3 laser appointments as part of your smoking cessation therapy plan. Each appointment lasts 20 to 40 minutes. You’ll be comfortable throughout the session. No pain and no after-effect worries. Costs vary but expect $300 or more for 1 or several sessions. These smoking cessation laser treatments are ‘elective’ and won’t be reimbursable from your health benefits plan.
Health Benefit Of Smoking Cessation.
Market facts continues to deliver a brutal truth. Over 400,000 Americans die annually in tobacco-related deaths, theoretically preventable. Smoking is the #1 killing preventable disease. Nearly 90% of all smokers “experiment” with smoking before age 18, reflecting the naturally rebellious anti-authoritarian nature of youth. About half of the “Johnny Rebels” cave in to tobacco addiction and join the other 45 million full time smokers.
If staying alive longer… enjoying a cleaner healthier lifestyle and quality of life… avoiding the out of pocket cost of buying tobacco… not spreading carcinogens and second hand smoke to family and friends are the obvious health benefits of smoking cessation, then why don’t more people catch-on? Clearly, addictive diseases like smoking or alcohol or any other drug create difficult-to-unravel complex of bio-chemical and behavioral dependencies that will not simply “go away”.
Straight Talk On Smoking Cessation Laser Treatment Results.
British scientific research failed to disclose any significant and measurable results associated with laser smoking cessation therapy. Indeed, monitoring over 20 studies British researchers concluded that laser treatment is no better nor worse than any sham treatment nor simple advisory-consultative service nor better than a simple placebo for smokers involved in the test.
In the USA, the FDA has not added laser acupuncture to its approved list of smoking cessation treatments which now includes nicotine patches, antidepressants, and certain unique target drugs like Chantix which targets receptors in the smoker’s brain associated with the “landing spot” for nicotine.