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Powerpoint Presentation

This powerpoint presentation from the ASA details the effects of smoking on perioperative outcomes and how you can help patients quit.  These slides may be freely used. Click here to view.

CME Module

The American Society of Anesthesiologists offers a patient safety module for CME credit about perioperative smoking and how to help patients to quit. Click here for more information. 

Smoking Cessation Curriculum

This site has a more extensive curriculum about perioperative smoking cessation, as well as additional resources.  It requires one-time registration, but is free and a valuable resource.  Look under the “surgical care” section. Click here to learn more.

Even in busy practices, it only takes a minute to . . . 

  1. Ask your patients about tobacco use
  2. Advise them to quit smoking for as long as possible before and after surgery
  3. Refer them to resources such as the telephone quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) to get help


Video examples

These two videos provide an example of how to ask-advise-refer.  The first takes only a minute and the second takes about three minutes for those who have more time.