Quitting before hospital admission
If you have a planned hospital admission, stopping smoking beforehand will have a number of benefits, including quicker wound healing, less chance of developing an infection, quicker recovery from anaesthetic, and even going home sooner.
Although research shows that the maximum benefits will be achieved by quitting at least eight weeks prior to surgery, there are benefits from quitting even 24 to 48 hours beforehand:
- After 20 minutes – your blood pressure and pulse return to normal
- After 8 hours – your blood oxygen levels return to normal
- After 24 hours – carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body
You can choose between regular drop-in sessions or appointments. Go to Find a venue for details, or you may prefer QuitLine, our telephone support service. Contact us to speak to an adviser for more details.