Dr. Stulberg noted that he can’t point to evidence supporting his requirement that patients quit at least 3 months before surgery. “Most data out there says the farther away from your last cigarette, the better,” he said. “But there isn’t any magic to 3 months, other than I believe it will lead to a higher likelihood of permanent cessation.”
Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University funded the study. Four of the nine authors, including Dr. Stulberg, report various disclosures that are not directly related to the study, including funding from government agencies, physician organizations, Health Care Services Corporation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Mallinckrodt, and Northwestern University. The other authors report no disclosures.
SOURCE: DeLancey JO et al. Am J Surg. 2018 Mar 6. .