Quit for a bit.
YOU HAVE DECIDED TO QUIT SMOKING FOR A LIMITED PERIOD AROUND THE TIME OF YOUR SURGERY. REMEMBER, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE. THE FOLLOWING ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO SUCCESSFULLY QUIT FOR A BIT:
1. Set a firm quit date. This date can be any time prior to surgery, even starting the day of surgery. The earlier the quit date, the more benefits you will experience before, during, and after surgery.
2. Tell someone your plan. Let someone know you are choosing to "quit for a bit" and the date you have chosen to begin. Choose someone who can support you through the process and keep you accountable.
3. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may be used during this time to assist with quitting for a bit, however, many patients report minimal cravings around the time of surgery. Nicotine patches, gum, and other medications may not be necessary.
4. At minimum, set a firm goal to not smoke the day of surgery up to one week after surgery.
5. Made it through the week after surgery? Want to continue? Click the following link to quit for good.