Tobacco cessation treatment for alcohol-dependent smokers: When is the best time?

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Cigarette smoking is highly prevalent among people with alcohol use disorders. Although several studies have demonstrated the feasibility of treating nicotine dependence in people with substance use disorders, researchers and clinicians continue to debate whether nicotine dependence treatment should be delivered simultaneously with or subsequent to alcohol treatment. Evidence suggests that alcohol-dependent individuals prefer sequential treatment and that simultaneous treatment can negatively impact alcohol use outcomes, although the literature is not conclusive. This review includes recommendations of considerations for treatment timing decisions and future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalAlcohol Research and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


  • Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, abuse, and dependence
  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Cessation of AOD use (AODU)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Co-treatment
  • Concurrent treatment
  • Intervention
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Smoking cessation treatment
  • Treatment outcomes

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