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If you are a smoker you are at a higher risk of complications from anesthesia. This is slightly dependent upon how long you have been smoking, the amount you smoke, any other underlying medical problems and the type of surgery being performed.

Known complications which may arise are decreased oxygen levels, airway irritability, wheezing and prolonged assistance on the ventilator.

Quitting just prior to surgery may have some beneficial short term effects on the aesthetic. Smoking cessation has some long term health benefits.

Please consult with your medical doctor if you would like assistance with smoking cessation.

Additionally, Holyoke Medical Center offers a free Quit Smoking Workshop. To learn more, contact Seneca Egan, RN, BS, BSN, Tobacco Cessation Specialist (413) 534-2789.

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