Brief preoperative smoking abstinence: Is there a dilemma?

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The concern that stopping smoking shortly (<8 weeks) before surgery increases postoperative pulmonary complications poses a barrier to tobacco use interventions in surgical patients. We show how this concern arose from a misinterpretation of initial studies and has remained in the medical literature despite the accumulation of later evidence. The persistence of unsubstantiated concepts is not uncommon and can have a significant impact on medical practice. Although it may take several weeks to derive pulmonary benefit from quitting, fear of an increase in pulmonary complications should not be a barrier for clinicians to help their patients quit smoking at any time before surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1348-1351
Number of pages4
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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