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March 13, 2013

Helping Smokers Quit Around the Time of Surgery

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2013;309(10):993-994. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1702

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