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How can I quit smoking if scheduled for surgery?

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  • Use the surgery date as a motivator to set a quit date. Once a quit date is set there are several options to go about quitting.
  • Talk with your physician/anesthesiologist to determine the best method for you which could include the use of medications such as a nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine replacement and other medicines can help reduce many of the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Most smokers find that the bigger challenge is the mental part of quitting. If you have been smoking for any length of time, smoking has become linked with nearly everything you do—waking up in the morning, eating, and drinking coffee. It will take time to “un-link” smoking from these activities, which are why, even if you are using a nicotine replacement, you may still have strong urges to smoke.