US group cautions against laser therapy for smokers

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US group cautions against laser therapy for smokers

Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:58pm ET

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pain-zapping lasers are not approved to help smokers kick their habit, but at least five companies are illegally promoting them, a consumer group said on Thursday in a petition asking U.S. health officials to intervene.

Under FDA rules, companies cannot make any claims about a product or its use until they submit data and win agency approval.

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