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LASER QUIT SMOKING – THE LATEST MIRACLE METHOD?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the use of laser treatments to quit smoking. This latest method to combat the smoking habit involves only one treatment and claims to have a success rate of up to 70 percent. There are numerous quit smoking laser clinics popping up all over the US, as people continue to look for the easiest way to quit smoking.

This technique involves using cold laser technology to apply slight pressure on specific energy points on your body, which causes the release of endorphins. These endorphins promote a feeling of relaxation and also enhance the body’s ability to detoxify nicotine from your system. These two factors can greatly reduce your nicotine withdrawal symptoms making it easier for you to quit smoking. Although withdrawal symptoms will be reduced they will not be eliminated, so will power and determination are essential on your part.

Like other quit smoking methods, your chances for success are directly related to your desire to quit smoking. If you have not made up your mind to quit smoking, nothing is going to help you.

Add Behavior Modification

Laser quit smoking clinics boast a success rate of about 70 percent, which is higher than many other methods such as using the patch, nicotine gum, cold turkey, etc. However there are some hypnosis and herbal quit smoking products that have success rates as high as 90 percent.

Laser quit smoking techniques are more successful when combined with behavior modification. The first three days are the toughest when you are trying to quit, so you must be especially careful during this period. Try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible, avoid people that are smokers, avoid places that you normally smoke at and above all keep yourself busy. The busier you are the less you will focus on your withdrawal symptoms. Ideally you should spend time in places where smoking is not permitted: museum, library, gym and anywhere else that you can think of. You want to find places that keep you stimulated and occupied, which are also smoke-free.

If possible, solicit the help of loved ones in advance so they can help you keep your mind off of your smoking cessation. When you are tempted to light up, focus on the reasons that you want to quit smoking and get busy doing something to keep your mind occupied.

Using word seek puzzles, crosswords, reading or a hobby are also good ways to occupy yourself. I love word seek puzzles and used them as a supporting technique when I recently quit my 25+ year smoking habit. You can never have too many aids to help you quit smoking and remain a non-smoker. Before your quit smoking date, think of a few different ways or activities that you can use to modify your behavior and increase your chances for success.