If you quit now, you will:
- Heal faster
- Face fewer complications
- Improve your breathing
- Reduce your risk of infection
- Improve blood flow to your heart and other areas of the body
- Reduce stress on your heart
- Speed up bone fusion (healing) time
- Shorten your hospital stay
Turn your back on tobacco!
Quitting before surgery could increase your chances of quitting for good.
Some patients experience cravings and relapse to smoking after their surgery. For more tips on avoiding relapse, see our Staying on track section.
And don't just take our word for it...
Debi Lyn Smith is an author, a breast cancer survivor, and a non-smoker for 13 years now. She has been through seven surgeries and knows first hand the difference that quitting beforehand can make.