New York rehab centers stamp out smokes

THE BRONX - On the anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act, New York state substance abuse treatment and prevention facilities will become smoke-free.

According to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, which backed the new regulation, smoking goes hand-in-hand with other addictions. The office says as many as 92 percent of addicts also light up.

Studies show the ban on smoking will make patients more likely to recover from their other addictions, the state agency says.

The Department of Health co-sponsored the new measure, contributing $8 million to pay for training, nicotine replacement patches, lozenges and gum for patients.

State-run centers in New York have been smoke-free for the past decade. The new regulation, however, will expand the ban to all public and private facilities, making New York the first state in the U.S. to force addicts to give up smoking while receiving treatment.

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