New therapy to quit smoking now
Merchants Moving and Storage has been a staple business for years.
"Merchants is a family-owned, interstate moving company,” says CEO Jim Eastman.
In the past, working at Merchants, and many other companies also meant smoking!
"It was customary then,” says Jim, “even in offices such as ours, for there to be ashtrays at every desk. It's just the way things were."
Jim smoked a pipe for years. In 1990, he was diagnosed with mouth cancer.
"Fortunately it was caught in time, and dealt with successfully,” says Jim, "so I went back then and radically changed my habit, and picked up cigarettes!"
Earlier this year, Merchants started an employee wellness program called "move well".
After smoking for 50 years, Jim knew it was time to set an example.
"I saw the handwriting on the wall,” he says, “It was time to make a change."
Nothing worked, until Jim found Anne Penman Laser Therapy.
"That was my last cigarette, that was 2 1/2 months ago,” says Jim.
Doctor Anne Penman started developing the procedure 20 years ago in Scotland. The laser is applied to specific energy points on the ears, hands, nose, and wrists.
"Basically what the laser does,” says Andrea Hueppe, owner of Paradise Laser, “is it stimulates your natural endorphins, so that it alleviates the stress and anxiety that comes along with when you quit cold turkey.”
Andrea opened Paradise Laser about a year ago, after using the technique to quit smoking after 35 years.
"I was very scared and smoked my last cigarette 2 minutes beforehand right down to the filter and thought 'Oh my god do I really want to do this?' I was so nervous,” says Andrea.
It worked, and now she's trying to help others quit. The laser acts as a calming agent so that when you quit smoking, the withdrawal symptoms are greatly reduced.
But you have to *want* to quit.
"We work with our clients on how to prepare to quit, and set a quit date,” says Andrea.
For Jim's daughter Jennifer, all she needs to do is look at her Dad to know it works.
"Even the color on his face wasn't as pale and ashen,” Jennifer says.
Jim hopes his success gives his employees and others hope for a smoke-free future.
"It obviously is something that's not going to work with everyone,” says Jim. “That person is going to have to have good incentive as I had to do it."
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