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Quit Smoking Before Surgery Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quit Smoking Before Surgery Program offers you all of the resources you need to implement a smoking cessation program in your surgical practice. These resources include a one-hour AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ professional e-learning program on how to implement and code for a smoking cessation program in your practice, an updated Quit Smoking patient handout, and more.

Smoking before and after surgery has been associated with increased postoperative complications, increased hospital costs, and more frequent use of medical resources. Tobacco cessation has been prioritized as a quality improvement performance measure by The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Surgeons have an active role in smoking cessation counseling and this series of resources—including the new ACS position statement—support the surgical community with focused resources on best practice methods for communicating smoking cessation to patients.