New York to ban smoking in treatment centers

Good for New York, but I thought New Jersey did this. If you know something I don’t, tell me in comments:

For decades, addiction-treatment programs have honed in on drug and alcohol abuse and shrugged at patients’ near-universal use of tobacco.

But faced with growing awareness about the power of nicotine addiction and that smoking kills more people than all other addictive drugs combined, New York officials have decided the state can no longer afford to ignore smoking.

“The entire field has struggled with the really incorrect notion that treating nicotine addiction would be really a hardship on the chemically addicted,” said Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, commissioner of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

In July, New York will become the first state in the nation to ban smoking at all its chemical dependence prevention and treatment programs, including those that treat gambling addiction.