Don Clarke, Clinical Supervisor at the Northern College of
Acupuncture, with student Amy Best who is working on Kevin
Ingram, of JAK Marketing. The company is allowing employees
time off to receive acupuncture to help them to stop
NEEDLES helped him to kick the habit - now he is getting his
staff to give them a go too.
Kevin Ingram, who runs a veterinary equipment supply company in
York, has managed to leave cigarettes behind with the help of
treatment at the Northern College of Acupuncture in Micklegate,
Kevin, 54, was so impressed with the treatment he has decided to
allow his employees to get some too - and he is prepared to let them
go during work time.
Kevin said: "I'd given up smoking on and off a number of times,
but never kept to it and at the end of February my wife, Jacqui,
said she was going to try acupuncture.
"I hate needles, but I thought if we started together we could
support one another. At the first session the acupuncturist put
needles in my hands, wrists, feet and ankles and left me for 20
minutes. I just lay there thinking this is ridiculous, it's never
going to work.' But from that moment on the real craving to have a
cigarette disappeared. Most of the time I tend to forget that I ever
"Jacqui and I haven't had a cigarette now for four months and I
felt so inspired by my experience that I wanted to give my staff the
chance to try it too."
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