As we look at how many drug-related problems have been pelting our country like merciless hail storms, we can do nothing more than feel a boatload of sympathy for poor West Virginia. Besides boasting unbelievable rates of opioid-related problems, originating from the hordes of fentanyl and an onslaught of death, this lovely little state has also fallen behind in another critical aspect of U.S. health: smoking. Based on recent examinations conducted by the American Lung Association, a large number of West Virginians have a penchant for lighting up cigarettes, and the resulting issues have held the state from keeping up with its neighbors. Let’s take a closer look at what the Association found out.
We Could’ve Done More
Based on statistics collected in the American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control” report, officials have confirmed that West Virginia could have done more to preserve the precious lives of residents. As the 16th annual study shows, this state is trailing far behind other parts of the U.S., as it has not taken any extreme measures to prevent the widespread use and abuse of tobacco products. Deborah P. Brown, Executive Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic American Lung Association, states that, while smoking has lowered to extremely minimal levels, 24.8% of West Virginians are admitting to being chronic smokers, which does not spell a promising future.
Poor Grades in This Test
Here is a closer look at the poor grades West Virginia boasts, based on readouts from the “State of Tobacco Control” report:
- Funding for statewide tobacco prevention programs: F
- Smoke-free workplace laws: C
- State tobacco taxes: F
- Coverage/access for tobacco “quit services”: D
- Age of sale for tobacco use (21 years): F
Ultimately, officials have explained that the grade of F refers to the unnerving reality that many West Virginia residents are receiving little-to-no protection from secondhand smoke.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.