How can laser beams help me quit?
That is a very good question. I wondered how laser treatments could help the smoker quit and never could find the definitive study that showed how it worked or that it worked. I've been in the stop-smoking business for over 30 years and I've seen all kind of products come and go. Every year there seems to be a new gimmick to help smokers kick the nicotine habit. But, it's not nicotine!!!
If you have read my pages you know smoking is first and foremost a habit problem. If you agree from your own experience, then you need to ask yourself, how much help can any procedure be that doesn't go after the habit? Like, laser therapy.
Hello, I'm Paul Palmer, Palmer Smoking Clinic. Helping Chicago Smokers Quit Since 1985.
You've tried it all!
You might have already tried laser treatment, acupuncture, the taper-down technique, the anti-depressants, e-cigarettes (see below) and other gimmicks. You might have had vitamin shots in your face (I'm not kidding) or the pill or the patch, the gum or tobacco-less cigarettes and they didn't seem to do the trick. Well, hello! Can you guess why? They didn't address the habit part of the problem. Every stop smoking procedure you tried was designed to help you overcome your nicotine dependence. But if the smoking problem is really the hundreds of trips to the mouth each day and the thousands of things you associate the cigarette with, then it's really not your fault you've failed so often. At the Palmer Smoking Clinic you quit by going after the real smoking problem, your supersize HABIT.
To answer the original question, how can laser treatments help me quit? Here is an article that was first published in the Wall Street Journal.
What are E-Cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes! I'm serious. It looks like a cigarette,
glows on the tip when you inhale and gives you a puff of vapor when you
exhale. Plus, it comes in many delicious flavors, like chocolate.
How does it work on helping you quit? No one knows but it is a
substitute for the cigarette traffic to the mouth, which, if you have
read my information is the last thing you want to do if
you are trying to help yourself quit. But don't take my word for it, here is what Dr. Jack Henningfield,
an expert on addiction serving as a scientific adviser on tobacco to the
World Health Organization. He calls e-cigarettes "renegade products" for
which "we have no scientific information." The electronic cigarette, he
says, is a vehicle to deliver nicotine to the body. Its effects, he
says, "are not benign," especially when breathed into the lungs. The W.H.O.
has stated that e-cigarettes are Not "a legitimate therapy for smokers
trying to quit."
Note: Hypnosis has been a legitimate therapy for
smoking cessation for over 50 years.
CHANTIX and ZYBAN
Don't forget the latest drugs to help you get over your nicotine addiction. Chantix being one. How or why it works isn't explained anywhere. Only available through prescription from your Doctor. It calls for a twelve-week regimen followed by another twelve weeks if you need it. Twelve Weeks???
Chantix has a few side effects.
"Important Safety Information
Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping CHANTIX. If you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away."
There is much more as you might have read from their own ads.
ZYBAN is still available but it has a few side effects too.
"All patients being treated with ZYBAN should be observed for neuropsychiatric symptoms including changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicide-related events, including ideation, behavior, and attempted suicide. These symptoms, as well as worsening of preexisting psychiatric illness and completed suicide have been reported in some patients attempting to quit smoking while taking ZYBAN in the post-marketing experience. When symptoms were reported, most were during treatment with ZYBAN, but some were following discontinuation of treatment with ZYBAN. These events have occurred in patients with and without pre-existing psychiatric disease; some have experienced worsening of their psychiatric illnesses."
HISTORICAL NOTE: Hypnosis has no side effects!!!
The real problem in quitting is overcoming your behavioral
pattern, which no drug can help you with.
To find out more about the Palmer Smoking Clinic and why smoking is a habit problem and not a chemical addiction follow the links below, starting with the Home page.