New laser treatment could help smokers quit

There is now a new laser treatment technique that could help smokers quit.

A woman smoking a cigarette
A woman smoking a cigarette

There is now a new laser treatment technique that could help smokers quit.

A new treatment involving laser technology claims to help smokers kick the habit with 80% of patients giving up smoking for at least two months.

The laser acupuncture procedure targets hands, ears, the nose and wrists to reduce stress and claims to rid the body of nicotine, instantly cutting cravings.

Richard Turnbull, the entrepreneur behind the laser treatment, who has started seven Fresh Inhale clinics across the country, says: ‘We’re trying to help people who have tried to quit in the past with different methods but with no success.’

The £295, one-hour treatment aims to painlessly stimulate parts of the body associated with nicotine craving, releasing endorphins, which help reduce cravings and restore balance to the body.

‘It feels like a pen being held against the skin,' says Turnbull. 'It doesn’t hurt or heat the skin up, and people come out feeling elevated.’

He claims the process has been used to help combat crack cocaine addiction and alcohol abuse in the past.

However, scientists are skeptical of the treatment stressing there is no consistent evidence the therapy works. A 2008 review of the treatment concluded there was no reliable evidence that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy or electro stimulation are effective for smoking cessation.

Martin Dockrell from Action on Smoking said: 'The independent science on this doesn’t look good. There are really effective methods of quitting and they are available free on the NHS to anybody who wants them.’