Great American Smokeout 2008: Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

By Pacific College - May 14, 2015

According to the 1982 Surgeon General’s Report, cigarette smoking is the single cause of cancer deaths in the United States. That report is still accurate today. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 46.2 million American adults are current smokers – that is 22.8% of all adults; nearly 1 in 4 people. Even though lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, since smoking is a voluntary act, the mortality rate is preventable.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine wants to help defeat this high mortality rate and to celebrate the strength of those that have managed to quit smoking completely. With the aid of Oriental medicine, Pacific College offers help to those trying to quit and encourages giving up cigarettes for good.

One of the most effective methods 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.

Pacific College Campuses’ Initiatives for the Great American Smokeout

From November 17th through the 22nd, 2008, Pacific College’s New York campus will be offering discounted acupuncture treatments geared towards quitting smoking. Monday November 17th through Friday the 21st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, these treatments will be $5. Monday November17th through Friday the 21st from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and on Saturday the 22nd from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, acupuncture treatments will be $10.

Pacific College’s San Diego campus will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout 2008 on Thursday, November 20th, 2008. On this day, San Diego will be offering $15 acupuncture treatments to help people with their smoking addiction.

On November 20th, 2008, Pacific College’s Chicago campus will also be celebrating by offering free auricular acupuncture treatments from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Auricular acupuncture in particular can lessen a person’s addictive tendencies and provide a sense of calm and purpose.

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

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