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
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
They came to the Anne Penman Laser
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
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 http://www.nomoresmoke.com/