H/T Nisakiman for this story:
The sudden drop in clients at Maple Leaf Farm coincided with the implementation of a Vermont Health Department policy requiring residential drug treatment centers to be tobacco-free. Intended as a step toward improving public health and the well-being of clients, the anti-smoking policy instead deterred patients from receiving treatment for opiate addiction at the center.
While Maple Leaf Farm Executive Director Catey Iacuzzi sat in a committee room one morning earlier this month for testimony on opiate addiction services, she received emails notifying her that two clients had left the program because they were not allowed to light up at the facility.
I often wonder if smoking bans and the all-out War on Smokers might have the effect of deterring smokers from seeking medical attention.
For example, I haven’t visited a doctor for nearly 10 years. In truth, I haven’t had much reason to visit one. I never did visit doctors much except to get the sleeping tablets that I’ve now replaced with neat whisky (which is much nicer). So I haven’t had a blood pressure test, or a blood sugar test, or any of the other damn tests, for that entire period. I’ve lost a lot of faith in a medical profession that’s come to be dominated by antismoking zealots.
But perhaps that’s just me?