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COMPANIES MUST STOP FRAUDULENTLY PROMOTING LASER THERAPY AS A TREATMENT TO QUIT SMOKING, PUBLIC CITIZEN TELLS FDA

June 26, 2006

Public Citizen today petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop five companies from illegally promoting low-power laser therapy as a means to quit smoking. The clinics, Freedom Laser Therapy Inc., the Anne Penman Laser Therapy clinics, New Beginnings Laser Therapy, Laser Concept and the Stop Smoking Laser Center, are marketing laser therapy as a safe and effective smoking cessation treatment despite the lack of FDA clearance or any evidence that it is effective. Public Citizen (http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=2223)