Destigmatizing Addiction Through

Social Proximity

How to embrace those suffering from addiction during this period of social distancing - April 2020

The Language of Addiction

Reshaping our language; why it's important to use the appropriate terminology for the disease - February 2020

What Have We Been Up To?

CCSA's latest efforts; its selection for the OU Impact Accelerator Program; and related news - February 2020

CCSA is proud to announce that we have been selected by the Orthodox Union to participate in their Impact Accelerator Program. We are among 4 organizations selected from over 80 national applicants for this opportunity. We look forward to partnering with the OU to further our mission. Please see the OU press release for more information.

The Addiction Myth

Fighting the stigma of addiction in Orthodox Jewish communities - November 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use.


As of February 18, 2020, 2,087 hospitalized cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to the CDC .


The CDC has confirmed 68 deaths linked to vaping.

Adults who use nicotine-containing e-cigarette devices should consider alternative approved methods for quitting smoking altogether. E-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarettes or vaping, products.

According to the CDC, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately.

The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:

  • Nicotine

  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs

  • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease

  • Volatile organic compounds

  • Cancer-causing chemicals

  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead

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dangers of marijuana - August 2019

CNBC aired a documentary focused on the e-cigarette industry, specifically on JUUL, the leading manufacturer of these devices.

This is an important inside look into what has become a disturbing trend among our children and teens, and the resulting growing epidemic of nicotine addiction.

Click here to see the cover story on fighting stigma and the May 5th Mental Health & Addiction Symposium

Click here to see the latest article on the

long road to recovery - 7/26/2019

Click here to see the Bergen Record's article on the May 5th Mental Health & Addiction Symposium - 5/6/2019

Click here to see news from CCSA on

eliminating stigma - 4/17/2019

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