Tobacco products include cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS, includes e-cigarettes and JUUL®), smokeless tobacco (dip or chew), cigars, hookahs and pipes.
Using tobacco increases your risk of the following during and after surgery:
Tobacco use keeps oxygen from reaching
your surgery site and it can increase your recovery time.
Tobacco products contain more than
7,000 chemicals. More than 70 are known
to cause cancer.
Ideally, you should quit as soon as possible. Research shows that:
The American College of Surgeons recommends at least four weeks without cigarettes.
You should not use tobacco the day of surgery up to one week after your surgery. Your doctor may tell you when to quit before your surgery.
If you quit for surgery, you double the chance of staying off cigarettes for good. Many people report they have no cravings while in the hospital.
If quitting tobacco makes you feel nervous
and seems overwhelming, consider taking
a break or a vacation from tobacco use.
If you can, set a goal to stop using tobacco for one month after your surgery. This will allow your body to heal the best after your surgery.
Any step you take without tobacco is going to help you. Small steps are better than nothing!
*Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can nearly double your chances of successfully staying off cigarettes. It works best if you use it with the help of a doctor or counselor. Ask your doctor about using NRT around the time of surgery. Go to quitforsurgery.com to learn more.
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