Journal article

Smoking cessation in elective surgical patients offered free nicotine patches at listing: a pilot study.

AR Webb, L Coward, L Soh, L Waugh, L Parsons, M Lynch, L-A Stokan, R Borland

Anaesthesia | Published : 2020

Abstract

Free nicotine patches may promote pre-operative smoking cessation. Smokers (≥ 10 cigarettes.day-1 ) awaiting non-urgent surgery were randomly assigned (3:1) to an offer of free nicotine patches or a control group who were not offered free nicotine patches. The suggested regimen lasted 5 weeks, with patch strength decreasing incrementally after 3 and 4 weeks. The primary outcome was smoking abstinence for ≥ 4 weeks, as self-reported by participants on the day of surgery, including, where possible, corroboration using exhaled carbon monoxide testing. Out of 600 included smokers, 447 (74.5%) were randomly assigned to an offer of pre-operative nicotine patches, with 175 (39.1%) of these acceptin..

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