WHO smoking study released

A new study by the World Health Organization says tobacco smokers are at significantly higher risk than non-smokers for post-surgical complications.
The joint study with the University of Newcastle and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) shows that every tobacco-free week after four weeks improves health outcomes by 19 per cent, due to improved blood flow throughout the body to essential organs.

The report says post-surgical complications for tobacco smokers include impaired heart and lung function, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing. 

ANZCA's resources on smoking before an operation include our 2014 National Anaesthesia Day theme and our professional document on smoking.

The WHO report is here.
Copyright © Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.