Quitting Smoking Could Be Crucial Key To Sobriety

Quit Smoking

Want to stay sober? Quit smoking.

That’s according to the findings of a study from the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Researchers analyzed government data on 34,653 adults in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).

The scientists concluded that smokers were twice as likely to relapse as non-smokers. Relapses occurred in 11% of those who continued to smoke, 8% of those who quit smoking and 6.5% of those who never started smoking.

Lead researcher Renee Goodwin, PhD, of the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, concluded that “tobacco treatment [should be] a standard part of treatment for illicit substance use disorders.

Lead study author Andrea Weinberger, assistant professor in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine department of epidemiology, also noted that “our study shows that giving up cigarettes may be even more important for adults in recovery from illicit substance use disorders, since it may help them stay sober.”