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Department of Psychiatry

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Alcoholism; Combined Modality Therapy; Health Plan Implementation; *Health Policy; Humans; New Jersey; *Smoking Cessation; Substance Abuse Treatment Centers; Substance-Related Disorders; Tobacco Use Disorder




New Jersey was the first State to require that all residential addiction treatment programs assess and treat patients for tobacco dependence and maintain tobacco-free facilities (including grounds). An evaluation of this policy change found that tobacco dependence treatment can be successfully integrated into residential substance abuse treatment programs through policy regulation, training, and the provision of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) (Williams et al. 2005). Many other addiction treatment agencies (both residential and outpatient) around the country now have implemented or are planning to implement similar policies to ensure that their patients receive appropriate assessment and treatment of their tobacco dependence while receiving treatment for addiction to other substances. This paper aims to summarize the lessons learned from the experience in New Jersey.


Alcohol Res Health. 2006;29(3):236-40. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Alcohol research and health : the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Psychiatry Commons



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