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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2009 Mar;36(2):205-19. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2008.06.003. Epub 2008 Aug 20.

Smoking cessation during substance abuse treatment: what you need to know.

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  • 1Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions, University of New Mexico, 2650 Yale S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA.


Patients in substance abuse treatment frequently smoke cigarettes and often die of tobacco-related causes. Substance abuse treatment programs too often ignore tobacco use. Many patients have expressed interest in stopping smoking, although they may be ambivalent about smoking cessation during substance abuse treatment. This article provides a review of tobacco cessation literature and successful methods of intervention. Research supports two key findings: (a) smoking cessation during substance abuse treatment does not impair outcome of the presenting substance abuse problem and (b) smoking cessation may actually enhance outcome success. We will discuss how to incorporate smoking cessation.

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