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Want an operation, you have to quit smoking

Published söndag 19 augusti 2012 kl 11.41
Lisbeth Andersson

Swedish Radio News reports that smokers who are scheduled for operations in the southern province of Blekinge now have to go through rehab to kick their addiction.

Clinics to help people quit the habit before operations have opened in both Karlskrona and Karlshamn.

Blekinge county council’s coordinator for tobacco prevention, Lisbeth Andersson, says quitting smoking before an operation makes a big difference. “Wounds heal faster, and there is less risk of infections,” she says. “And it is one of the most important aspects for vascular and bone healing after operations.”

Patients have to stay off cigarettes for two months before an operation and one month afterwards. Lisbeth Andersson says the system also helps people quit smoking for good much better than if they try on their own.

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