Stop Before Your Op

There's never been a better time to quit

Smokers in Harrogate and Rural District are being encouraged to kick the nicotine habit – especially if they are due to have hospital treatment or an operation; a time when it is even more important to ditch cigarettes for good.

Patients that smoke and have surgery are at the greatest risk of complications during or after an operation. These include potentially serious complications that can affect the lungs or heart as well as problems related to the general anaesthetic which is vital in the majority of surgical procedures.

Fighting infection is also more difficult for a smoker; whilst the risk of breathing problems increases too. There is also an increased chance of a longer stay in hospital. The wounds and bones in smokers also take longer to heal because of the reduced blood flow and lower oxygen levels in the blood.

Smoking reduces the benefits from treatment and the effects of recovery. There is a 1 in 3 risk of smokers experiencing breathing problems after an operation, but by stopping smoking at least eight weeks before the operation, the risk drops dramatically to 1 in 10.

What is the best way to stop?

People are much more likely to quit successfully with the help of our NHS Stop Smoking Service. It is the combination of stop smoking medicine and support to change smoking habits that makes quitting
easier, more effective and enjoyable.

Contact LivingWell Smokefree North Yorkshire on 01609 797272 or email

If you do not feel ready to quit, speak to your GP about how to reduce the risks before surgery.

Click here to view the LivingWell Smokefree information leaflet

Click here to read more evidence of why Stopping for Your Op is a good idea