Cold Laser for Smoking Cessation – Fact or Crap?


Ok, ok…you keep asking.  At least once per week.  You want the answer?  Fine.  What do I think of the use of cold laser therapy for the treatment of smoking cessation?  Alrighty, then.  It’s time I publicly comment on my opinion.  The short answer is that it sort of works and sort of doesn’t.  Cold laser therapy in the form of laser acupuncture, applying laser stimulation to specific acupuncture points, seems to reduce some of the effects of nicotine withdrawal.  Great, you say…so it works…sign me up!

Well, not so fast.  See, nicotine chewing gums and patches also reduce the effects of nicotine withdrawal and their success rates are pretty lousy.  By themselves, the success rates are about as poor as cold laser.  Plus, they really do not help to break the actual nicotine addiction.  To paraphrase Einstein, you cannot treat a problem with the exact chemical that caused it.  In other words, treating an alcoholic who prefers vodka by giving him whiskey simply won’t do it.  There is no easy fix, be it a pill, laser or what have you, that will make someone wake up one day and say “I never want to smoke again.”

The best recommendation is for someone who wants to quit to get Franchise  For Laser Unit1.pubeducated about nicotine addiction and the cycle of addiction.  Going to a website like or, well, quite frankly, there is no electronic media substitute.  Reading what is posted there can change the way you look at nicotine and smoking.

In answer to the question, will I perform cold laser for smoking cessation?  Okay, sure.  As long as you understand that the treatment is not a cure for smoking cessation and that I make no promises and you are just using it to decrease your symptoms while quitting and will still get educated about nicotine addiction.  I would rather know that you were getting the treatment in my office rather than somewhere where you might be lied to or taken advantage of.



Dr. Brett Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY who performs cold laser therapy — sometimes as part of a smoking cessation program.


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Cold Laser Therapy

The term cold laser refers to the use of low-intensity or low levels of laser light. Laser therapy can reduce pain and inflammation and promotes wound healing. These lasers are used directly on or over the affected area. New research is being produced daily and the results are encouraging.  Cold laser threapy is certainly emerging as a valuable, safe and effective adjunct to non-surgical musculoskeletal care.

Cold lasers can also used for acupuncture, with laser beams to stimulate the body’s acupoints rather than needles.  This treatment regimen appeals to those who want acupuncture but who fear the pain of needles.  Despite claims to the contrary, scientific evidence does not appear to support claims that cold laser acupuncture is an effective method of helping people stop smoking. (For a truly excellent approach to smoking cessation, visit )

Well-controlled scientific studies are rapidly accumulating using low level laser devices for pain, wounds, injuries, and other conditions.  This method should not be confused with conventional laser surgery, which is used as a surgical treatment for some cancers. Such hot lasers may be used to shrink or destroy tumors on the skin or on the surfaces of internal organs and are sometimes used to remove colon polyps or tumors.  Cold laser therapy produces no or little warmth and has minimal side effects.

In our office, we are using cold laser therapy as a treatment for tendonitis, tendonosis, rotator cuff syndromes, frozen shoulder, pain relief from active fractures, neck pain, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cold sores, speeding open wound healing.  We are seeing excellent results with many of these conditions.  It appears that the sooner cold laser is applied following the injury, the better the chance for a good outcome.  Perhaps you have a condition for which you’d like to try cold laser therapy? 

Dr. Brett Kinsler uses cold laser therapy or low level laser therapy (LLLT) in his chiropractic practice in Rochester, NY.  Visit his website at

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