Smoking puts you at risk for adverse events during and after surgery


  • increased risk of heart problems during and after surgery
  • increased risk of lung complications like pneumonia
  • increased risk of infections and slower healing of your surgical site
  • increased risk of surgical complications in children exposed to secondhand smoke

Quitting before surgery can help your operation go smoother and quicken your recovery process


  • Those who stop smoking for more than one month before their surgery have improved lung and heart health, improved wound healing, and lower risk of infection
  • Patients who quit for surgery are twice as likely to stay off cigarettes for good

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