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Smokers and Surgery

If you are a smoker and you’re scheduled for surgery, anesthesiologists recommend you take steps right away to quit and remain smoke-free until at least one week after your procedure. Even better, don’t start again at all. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to recover from surgery without complications.

Smokers have an increased chance of complications during and after surgery, including wound infections, pneumonia and heart attacks. The earlier you quit before surgery, the better your chances of no complications. Watch the video below for more information about smoking and anesthesia.

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Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit Join the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2014 social conversation today. Like ASA on Facebook, follow ASALifeline on Twitter and use the hashtag #ANES2014.



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