Great American Smokeout 2007: Let Acupuncture Help You to Quit

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More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. per year are smoking related. About one out of three young smokers will eventually die from a tobacco related disease. According to current research, an estimated 45 million Americans smoke.  Continual use of tobacco can cause lung cancer, as well as heart disease and lung disease.  Smoking is responsible for one in three cancer deaths. Another 8.6 million people are living with serious illnesses caused by smoking.

In an effort to help smokers who want to kick the habit, Pacific College’s San Diego Clinic is offering a $10 acupuncture treatment to new patients and $10 off a treatment for current patients with the mention or presentation of this offer on Thursday, November 15, 2007.

On that same day, Pacific’s New York Campus is offering a free auricular acupuncture treatment to be used towards quitting smoking.  Please bring in this ad to redeem for treatment.  All future auricular treatments are $10 per visit.

The Chicago clinic of PCOM will be hosting a free community auricular acupuncture clinic from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Thursday, November 15. It is free and open to the public with no appointment necessary.

Acupuncture: An Effective Quit Smoking Method

One of the most effective methods of Oriental medicine to help quit smoking is acupuncture. These treatments help to curb cravings and ease the stress of quitting by utilizing auricular (ear) acupuncture, where four to five very small needles are inserted into points corresponding to the lung, kidney and nervous system. It is thought that these needles increase the flow of endorphins, morphine-like hormones that induce a deep state of relaxation. This state is prolonged and leads to a lessening of cravings for nicotine and other drugs.

The Great American Smokeout provides smokers with the opportunity to quit.  Smokers who quit smoking gain almost immediate benefits, regardless of age, or how long you have been a smoker. Within 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse rates drop to normal. Eight hours after quitting, the oxygen level in the blood increases to normal. One day after quitting, the odds of having a heart attack start to drop. Within 48 hours, nerve endings start re-growing and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced. Within two weeks, lung function will have increased by up to 30 percent. Two weeks to 3 months after quitting, circulation improves and walking becomes easier. One year, the body’s energy level increases and the risk of coronary heart disease will be half that of a smoker.

For more information contact Pacific College at (800) 729-0941 or visit

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