Helping surgical patients quit smoking: why, when, and how.

  title={Helping surgical patients quit smoking: why, when, and how.},
  author={David O. Warner},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  volume={101 2},
  pages={481-7, table of contents}
UNLABELLED Millions of cigarette smokers undergo elective surgery each year. Efforts to help them quit smoking could improve immediate perioperative outcomes, such as those related to the cardiac and respiratory systems, and the healing of surgical wounds. Perhaps more importantly, the scheduling of elective surgery represents an excellent opportunity for smokers to permanently quit, with great benefit to their long-term health. Although it is difficult for smokers to quit, there are now… CONTINUE READING

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