tobacco Tag

People of all ages go to drug and alcohol treatment for a very specific reason. No matter what their drug of choice, they no longer wish to live the life they have been living and need to give a new type of lifestyle a shot. Yet, for the most part, this demographic engages in smoking. So how does smoking, when it is so detrimental to one’s health, make sense in a recovery setting when you are attempting to turn your life around?

I started smoking when I was 19 and in the beginning stages of my active alcoholism. In the crowds that I ran with, everyone smoked. Drunk and stumbling outside of the bar, it was only natural to light up a cigarette.

Electronic cigarettes have sustained a meteoric rise in popularity over the last 5 years. With no long-term studies available, health risks are speculative at best. Are they a safe and effective alternative to tobacco use or a temptation for young people to start smoking?