Links

Smokers’ Helpline Online:

Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service that offers evidence-based support, advice and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.
http://www.smokershelpline.ca

Our toll-free telephone service is available 7 days a week in both English and French by calling:
1 877 513-5333

Callers are connected to a Quit Specialist who provides personalized cessation counseling as well as the option of receiving self-help materials, referrals to community services and proactive follow-up calls that take place at designated times throughout the quitting process.

The telephone hours of operation are:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smokers’ Helpline Online is an interactive web-based program that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our online program available at www.smokershelpline.ca, allows one to:

  • sign up to receive inspirational e-mails
  • join an on-line support group
  • connect with other smokers through our instant messenger ‘Quit Buddies’ service
  • create a personalized ‘Quit Meter’, which tracks success by the number of days smoke-free, amount of money saved and health
  • benefit – measured in days that have been added to one’s life.

Go Smoke Free.ca:

A Canadian Government Site with information about smoking. Click on the “Quit Smoking” link.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/tobac-tabac/index_e.html

American Anesthesiologists Association’s advice to smokers:

http://www.asahq.org/patientEducation/smoking_cessation.htm

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

This is a newsletter article by Dr Warner explaining why anesthesiologists should encourage their patients to stop smoking.

Dr Warner also wrote an excellent review of this subject, with 255 references, in Anesthesiology (Vol 104 No 2, Feb 2006, p 356).

Dr Woehlck and others proved that “Acute Smoking Increases ST Depression in Humans During General Anesthesia”. Available online at http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/cgi/content/abstract/89/4/856

He explained his article to the public in an article entitled Smoking Before Surgery a Dangerous Decision.

Dr Nakagawa and others studied the “Relationship Between the Duration of the Preoperative Smoke-Free Period and the Incidence of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications After Pulmonary Surgery”. This article is available at http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/full/120/3/705

The Ontario Medical Association has an online publication entitled: “Rethinking Stop-Smoking Medications: Myths and Facts” available at http://www.oma.org/phealth/stopsmoke.htm.

NEWS ABOUT SMOKING AND SURGERY

The Daily Mail (4th June 2007) reports that in Britain smokers will have to quit before surgery: “Smokers are to be denied operations on the Health Service unless they give up cigarettes for at least four weeks beforehand. Doctors will police the rule by ordering patients to take a blood test to prove they have not been smoking. The ruling, authorized by Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, comes after medical research conclusively showed smokers take longer to recover from surgery.”