Smoking and tobacco use before surgery raises your risk of heart attack, blood clots, pneumonia, infection and even death after the operation. It also slows your healing and recovery time; a smoker’s bones take almost twice as long to heal.

A recent study found that current smokers had more compilcations, particularly respiratory problems, after surgery. Compared with non-smokers and former smokers, current smokers had significantly more pneumonia, surgical-site infection and deaths after surgery. 

Furthermore, as a smoke-free care facility, we do not provide designated smoking areas anywhere inside or outside the hospital. So, if you’re a smoker, we strongly recommend that you quit—now! 

The sooner you start trying, the more likely you’ll be able to quit by the time of your surgery. Ask your primary care physician or a nurse or doctor here for help; we can point you to programs and resources designed with you in mind.

There are many proven strategies to help you quit smoking. Visit Smokefree.gov for one of the most comprehensive collections of tips, resources and tools you can use (even on your smartphone) to help you kick the habit once and for all.