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Stop Smoking With A Laser

Originally reported by Andrea Cambern on November 9, 2005

Mother and daughter team Ginny Miller and Kathy Noah had worked together and traveled together, so it seems logical that they'd decide to stop smoking together.

Kathy Noah was diagnosed with emphysema, and given two weeks to quit smoking by her doctor.

Her mother had smoked for nearly half a century, but when she heard the news Ginny Miller decided to crush out the cigarettes for good.

They came to the Anne Penman Laser Therapy center in Cincinnati. Laser Therapist Kom Wade says the low powered laser can help cut nicotine cravings.

"We target energy points on your hands, nose, ears, and wrist, and they're similar to acupuncture points. What it does is to simulate your body to release endorphins," she says.

There's a twenty minute initial session, and a couple follow-up sessions. But, Kim cautions, it won't work if you're not committed to quit.

Ginny was. She says, "I was a professional smoker, loved every one I smoked, and yet part of me hated my smoking, because it controlled my whole day."

"What we do isn't magic," Kim warns. "We're an assistance program. We'll help."

She says they offer a hotline for clients to call when they get the urge to light up. Clients also are welcome to use to stop-smoking medicine. She says that multi-pronged approach to kicking the habit works best.

One month after the mother-daughter team started, Kathy hasn't picked up a cigarette, and Ginny had only one relapse.

Kim says they have a 55 percent success rate, which is high for a stop-smoking program.  They plan to add twenty more centers around the country. One has just opened up in Columbus and you can find out more information at .

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