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Stop smoking before surgery

Studies have shown conclusively that patients who stop smoking before surgery have fewer complications and heal faster than those who continue to smoke.
Surgery as a teachable moment
2010 study finds surgical patients are willing to quit.

In a large nationally representative longitudinal study of 5,498 patients conducted in the US, researchers found that undergoing major surgery approximately doubled the chances that a smoker would quit.

Shi Y, & Warner DO. Surgery as a teachable moment for smoking cessation. Anesthesiology 2010; 112(1):102-7.