Improving Surgical Outcomes and Patient Health: Perioperative Smoking Cessation Interventions

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Purpose of Review

This review is aimed at discussing the evidence for perioperative smoking cessation interventions and at describing the components of an effective, multimodal smoking cessation intervention.

Recent Findings

The increased risks associated with smoking around the time of surgery are well established. There is strong evidence for the benefits of perioperative smoking cessation interventions, which include increasing smoking abstinence and decreasing surgical complications. Interventions should aim to start at least 4 weeks preoperatively and provide ongoing support; however, starting any time before or after surgery is beneficial. Collaboration between multiple healthcare providers is important. Accessible patient education tools and appropriate pharmacotherapy are useful adjuvants.


Perioperative smoking cessation interventions have proven benefits and should be implemented. This review describes and provides evidence for the various components of a multimodal perioperative smoking cessation program.

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Jean Wong has received research funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and Merck Canada, and is the recipient of a Merit Research Award from the University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia.

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An, D., Wong, J. Improving Surgical Outcomes and Patient Health: Perioperative Smoking Cessation Interventions. Curr Anesthesiol Rep (2020).

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