Treatment for Cigarette in Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers if New Law Passes
The first ever state requiring all outpatient addiction treatment programs to aid their clients to stop smoking under proposed legislation is New York. Alcoholics and drug addicts are encouraged to quit smoking by this kind of law. People who agree to give up smoking are provided with treatment including drugs to relieve cravings, while patients who refuse to quit could still be treated for other addictions as long as they don’t smoke in the treatment facilities. The ban would also apply to treatment center workers. Whether this will increase the success rates of alcohol and drug rehab is in dispute. New Jersey has required residential addiction programs to treat nicotine addiction and be smoke-free since 2001, but officials in New York say it would be the first state to require smoking cessation efforts in outpatient programs, which account for two-thirds of the 1,100 treatment alcohol and drug rehab programs in the state. Programs in New York that fail to comply with the smoking regulations could lose state certification and would have to stop treating clients.