Hospital to Ban Smoking Before and After Operations

A hospital in the north of Sweden wants to ban patients from smoking for two months before and after operations. Norrland University Hospital in Umeå wants to introduce the ban in its orthopaedic ward, because they say smoking can lead to major complications during and after surgery, such as infections.

Professor Olle Svensson from the hospital says he thinks the ban should also apply to patients being treated at the hospital’s other departments as well. He told Swedish news agency TT that research shows that the risk of complications can be halved if patients stop smoking.

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