According to, studies show that 75% of drug addicts and alcoholics are also smokers. So it would appear to make sense to ban cigarettes in drug rehab, in essence killing two birds with one stone.

Danny Kushlick, from pressure group Transform, highlighted the hypocrisies in the UK’s drug policy. “Why can’t long term tobacco users go to residential rehab, and why does that get a laugh?” he asked the audience before illustrating that drug rehab clinics allowed smoking and therefore weren’t treating addiction seriously enough.

smoking in drug rehab centresHowever, according to a new study, banning a client from smoking in drug rehab clinics might not be the best idea. Researchers looked at one rehab centre that banned smoking. They found that in the months following the ban, the number of users who completed rehab dropped nearly in half. Oddly, both smokers and non-smokers stuck with the programme for fewer days than they had before the ban. It seems that trying to give up two addictions at the same time may be too much to ask.

On the other hand, previous studies have indicated that quitting tobacco and hard drugs at the same time increases the odds patients will stay clean in the long run. But as this study points out, even a well-meaning ban on tobacco may sometimes push away the very people who treatment centres are trying to help.

How would you cope with the added pressure of trying to stop smoking in what would undoubtedly be a stressful period of your life? Has anyone reading this actually stopped smoking whilst in rehab. Please let us know what you think about the debate on smoking in drug rehab clinics and smoking addiction’s effect on rehab life.


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