Author Affiliations: Yale University School of Medicine (Mr Khullar); and Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, Department of Medicine (Dr Schroeder) and Department of Surgery (Dr Maa), University of California, San Francisco.
Elective surgery offers a powerful opportunity for physicians to help smokers quit, yet 25% to 30% of patients smoke perioperatively, and approximately 10 million patients who smoke undergo surgical procedures annually.1,2 Approximately 42% of all surgeons and 70% of anesthesiologists do not routinely counsel patients to stop smoking before an operation or do not refer them to appropriate cessation services.3
Khullar D, Schroeder SA, Maa J. Helping Smokers Quit Around the Time of Surgery. JAMA. 2013;309(10):993-994. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1702