AcuQuit Frequently Asked Questions

What is your success rate?

AcuQuit® health practitioners are government registered. As a condition of this we cannot use testimonials and/or publish a success rate.

We rely on any potential satisfied customer to promote our laser treatment to others.

Is there evidence that Laser to Quit Smoking works?

There are many research articles available examining Acupuncture’s role in addiction and the potential for treatment to reduce and eliminate dependency.

Laser Acupuncture had an 84% success rate in recent research (Lim 2018) with many participants reporting they no longer had the urge to smoke. [1]

Laser acupoint stimulation does indeed modify the physical symptoms of withdrawal and makes it possible for motivated persons to succeed in overcoming habitual smoking of tobacco, concluded a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study. [2]

The most recent Cochrane Systematic Review (White 2014) states that the 2008 Kerr study on laser stimulation is strongly positive at both short and long-term outcomes. [3]

Earlier research had shown that Laser Acupuncture had a 71% success rate in heavy smoking patients. [4]

Based on external research, it has been suggested that Laser Acupuncture treatments and protocols may provide beneficial outcomes. However, it is important to note that other sources did not have the same findings and so the evidence is regarded as mixed. As the AcuQuit treatment is distinctive, treatment approaches and outcomes may diverge from existing research. We urge patients to make an informed decision, recognising that success is not guaranteed with our treatment.

Does the treatment hurt?

Some clients may feel the sensation from the low-level laser which is described as a warm, pulsating and sometimes tingling sensation. Despite this, our treatment is non-invasive, non-thermal and drug free, so there’s no need to worry about discomfort. Additionally, our approach does not involve needles, making it a pain-free alternative to Acupuncture.

How long does the treatment take?

The overall treatment time is approximately 45-60 minutes.

Is there more than just Laser?

The AcuQuit system is unique and combines multiple therapies and techniques to achieve optimal outcomes. We use Laser Acupuncture therapy combined with press pellet auricular therapy to reduce the physical withdrawal symptoms (cravings). Lifestyle advice, education and techniques are provided to address potential mental and/or habitual cravings. Supplementation with vitamins/nutrients are also included to assist in the nicotine detoxification process.

What is the cost?

The AcuQuit® treatment costs $495.

With private health extras cover you may receive a partial or full rebate for the cost of the treatment however this will depend on your fund and level of cover.

Payment is made on the day of your treatment and we accept cash, EFTPOS or credit card.

The treatment cost reflects the quality of the laser equipment used and that treatment is performed by qualified government registered health practitioners.

Do you offer any concessions?

We offer a $50 rebate for all concession / senior / pension and veteran card holders. You will need to present your valid concession card at time of treatment to be eligible.

Do you offer private health fund rebates?

All our practitioners are eligible to provide you with private health fund rebates for 42 funds including Medibank Private, BUPA, HCF and NIB. If you have extras cover for Acupuncture then you may receive a partial or full rebate for the cost of the treatment. For a full list of health funds that AcuQuit practitioners are registered with click here.

How much money will my private health fund rebate me for this treatment?

The rebate you receive back from your private health fund can vary.

The following are estimated rebate amounts from various funds based on the treatment price of $495.00. These estimates are based on claims we have processed with these funds and should only be used as a guide.

Provider and Cover Estimated Rebate
Medibank Private $495 – $27
Package Bonus (If available) Up to $495.00
Medibank Better Health 80 $396
Medibank Corporate Gold Extras 85 $183.00
Medibank Corporate Bronze Extras 85 $183.00
Medibank Private (Standard Covers) $46.40 – $27
Medibank Private Top extras 70 $40.90
HBF Health $495.00 – $0
GapSaver Benefit (If available) Up to $495.00*
Top 70 Extras $346.50
Complete/Flex 60 Extras $297
Flex 50 Extras $247.50
Basic Extras $0
GU Health $445.50 – $0
GU Health Corporate Cover Up to $445.50
BUPA (MBF/HBA) $396 – $27
BUPA Corporate 80 Extras $396
BUPA Platinum Cover $355.50
BUPA (Standard Covers) $130 – $33
BUPA Top Extras 90 $41.80
BUPA Corporate Advantage $27.00
Australian Unity $396 – $25
Australian Unity Advanced Extras 80% $396
Australian Unity Intermediate Extras 60% $297
Australian Unity Standard Extras 60% $297
Australian Unity Basic Extras $25
NIB $371.25 – $20
NIB Top Extras 75% $371.25
NIB Basic Extras $20
Qantas Assure $321.75 – $297
AHM $346 – $18.00
AHM Heath Improvement Program ** $346
AHM Maximum Extras Rebate $256.75
AHM Super Extras $28
AHM Lifestyle Extras $26
AHM Classic Extras $18
Police Health $87.40
CUA $45.00
HCF $40.00 – $22.00
QLD Country Health $35.00
GMHBA $0 ***
Frank Health $0 ***

If you would like to know exactly how much you will receive back we recommend that you call your health fund. The item number/code is 103 and our treatment is classified as “Acupuncture Initial Consultation”. Your private health fund may ask for a provider name or number however this should not be necessary to provide you an estimate. All our practitioners have individual provider numbers with the 42 private health funds shown in this list here. Please note that it is our practitioners that are registered with these health funds and not our company name AcuQuit.

Some private health funds may offer a benefit for Quit Smoking programs. Our treatment is not covered under any of these quit smoking programs. Our treatment is only covered under Acupuncture services.

* HBF GapSaver may pay the gap (out of pocket expense) for the treatment if you have GapSaver as part of your cover and if you have available GapSaver benefit available at the time of treatment. GapSaver can be used in conjunction with the Acupuncture rebate component if available.

** You will need to call AHM to see if your cover includes the “Health Improvement Benefits” program. Health Improvement Benefits are certain preventative health services you may be able to claim for such as Quit smoking courses.

*** We no longer cover claims through GMHBA or Frank Health.

Do you offer HICAPS?

We offer HICAPS instant health fund claim processing at all clinics. This means you only need to pay the gap amount. If there are any issues with claiming we are able to provide you with an official receipt which can be emailed to you.

How many treatments are required?

There is no set amount of treatments required. If one treatment achieves the desired result then there may be no reason to return.

Do you offer mobile visits?

Yes. The AcuQuit treatment is available as a mobile service only as part of a group booking. For more information please click here.

Can I use this treatment to Quit Cannabis?

Our treatment is available for those wanting to Quit Marijuana smoking.

Can I have this treatment when pregnant?

Yes. We are able to perform this treatment during any stage of your pregnancy.

Are your practitioners qualified and registered?

Yes. All our practitioners hold a minimum qualification of a four year Bachelors Degree in Health Science. All our practitioners are registered health practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All our practitioners are registered Laser Safety Officers and have had extensive training in laser safety protocols. AcuQuit® has been operating since 2010 and each of our practitioners have over 10 years experience.

How is AcuQuit® different to other Laser treatments?

It is very important to understand that not all laser treatments are the same. There are some important factors to consider when choosing your quit smoking provider.

  • We are Australia’s leading laser to quit smoking company and we set the benchmark for this service.
  • We have been in operation since 2010 (Approaching 14 years)
  • We are offering a Laser Acupuncture treatment. This is different from just a standard laser treatment as our practitioners have the knowledge to specifically target the exact point location.
  • Our practitioners are qualified and competent with each therapist having 10+ years experience.
  • Our practitioners are also Australian Government registered health practitioners which means we adhere to very high standards of practice.
  • Our treatment is eligible for a partial or full private health fund rebate from 42 health funds including Medibank, Bupa, NIB, HCB and HBA.
  • The treatment protocols that we use continue to evolve to better our patient outcomes.

Will I gain weight if the treatment is successful?

Recent research by the University of Otago found that quitters were likely to gain a little weight after giving up however their weight bounced back to similar levels of nonsmokers over time. [5] The study also found that smoking does not prevent long-term weight gain. The lead researcher said that they hope that the findings will encourage people who are thinking about quitting. People should not be put off by the fear of putting on large amounts of weight and that it is important to be aware that a small weight gain is unlikely to offset the health benefits of quitting.

Who cannot have this treatment?

We follow all recommendations and requirements regarding laser usage. We are unable to perform our treatment if you have an active cancer or tumour diagnosis. If you have previously had a form of cancer (eg: skin cancer) and it has been treated (removed) then you are able to have the treatment. If you are unsure please call us on 1800228784.

Is this the same as Quit Smoking Hypnosis?

Our treatment is completely different from Hypnotherapy and hypnosis. We are applying a Low-Level Laser (Cold Laser) to Acupuncture points on the body. The laser light has a photo-chemical effect which means the light is absorbed and can cause a chemical change. [6] A hypnotherapist attempts to alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. For more information visit our Quit Smoking Hypnosis page.

Do you pierce the ear or practice ear piercing?

Our treatment is non-invasive, non-thermal and drug free. This means we do not pierce or penetrate the skin during our treatment. We are applying a Low-Level Laser (Cold Laser) to Acupuncture points on the body. For more information about ear piercing visit our Quit Smoking Piercing page.

Where are your clinics and do you have car parking?

For more information about the location of our clinics including car parking information visit the location page for your closest clinic. Here are some quick links:

Brisbane | Gold Coast | Melbourne | Perth | Sunshine Coast | Sydney

Is there anything I should do to before the treatment?

We request that you dispose of all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters in your possession prior to your appointment. (This includes cigarettes in your vehicle and at home). We advise to cease the use of patches, gums and inhalers several days prior to the treatment. We recommend that you have showered and that your feet/lower legs, arms/hands and ears are clean. We will be applying press pellet magnets to your ears which are required to be left on after the treatment for a specific amount of days. If you are planning to wash your hair we recommend doing so prior to your treatment. We recommend that you wear shorts or loose fitting pants that can be rolled up to knee level. We recommend that you have your last cigarette the night before your appointment. This is only a recommendation and not a requirement to have this treatment.

Is Laser Acupuncture better than needle Acupuncture?

Compared with traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture is advantageous because it is both noninvasive and painless.

I’m still not sure if Laser Acupuncture will work for me.

People use patches, gums, inhalers and medication to attempt to quit smoking. Laser Acupuncture is another option that has been made available for you to try.

Where can I leave feedback about this site?

We endeavour to provide accurate information about our treatment on our website. If you believe that there is information that may be inaccurate we encourage your feedback here.

How can I book an appointment?

To book an appointment online please click here or simply call us on 1800228784

Can you send me more information?

Yes. Click here to request an information brochure which will be delivered to your postal address.

I work at a health/medical clinic. Can I request some brochures?

Yes. Click here to request some of our information brochures which will be delivered to your clinic and/or postal address.

What are the benefits of Quitting Smoking?

The benefits are almost instant. As soon as a person stops smoking their body begins to recover in many different ways. If you would like to view a timeline for the Benefits of Quitting Smoking click here.


[1] Painless Laser Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation. Rodney Choon Huat Lim. Med Acupunct. 2018 Jun 1; 30(3): 159–162. Link

[2] Low level laser for the stimulation of acupoints for smoking cessation: a double blind, placebo controlled randomised trial and semi structured interviews. Catherine M. Kerr, Paul B. Lowe & Neil I. Spielholz. Link

[3] White AR, Rampes H, Liu JP, Stead LF, Campbell J. Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014(1):Cd000009. Link

[4] Laser-acupuncture reduces cigarette smoking: a preliminary report. Zalesskiy VN, Belousova IA, Frolov GV. Acupunct Electrother Res. 1983;8(3-4):297-302. Link

[5] Smoking cessation and subsequent weight change. Robertson L1, McGee R, Hancox RJ. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Jun;16(6):867-71. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt284. Epub 2014 Jan 24. Link

[6] Biphasic dose response in low level light therapy. Huang YY, Chen AC, Carroll JD, Hamblin MR. Dose Response. 2009 Sep 1; (4):358-83. Link

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