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Anesth Analg. 2015 Mar;120(3):582-587.

Long-term quit rates after a perioperative smoking cessation randomized controlled trial.

Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster P.

Source: From the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada; and Pharmacy, St. Joseph's Health Care, London, Ontario, Canada.



While surgery and perioperative smoking cessation interventions may motivate patients to quit smoking in the short term, it is unknown how often this translates into permanent cessation. In this study, we sought to determine the rates of long-term smoking cessation after a perioperative smoking cessation intervention and predictors of successful cessation at 1 year.


We previously reported short-term results from a perioperative randomized controlled trial comparing usual care with an intervention involving (1) brief counseling by the preadmission nurse, (2) smoking cessation brochures, (3) referral to a telephone quitline, and (4) a free 6-week supply of transdermal nicotine replacement. We now report our 1-year follow-up outcomes.


Between October 2010 and April 2012, 168 patients were randomized. At 1 year, 127 patients (76%) were available for follow-up telephone interview. Smoking cessation occurred in 8% of control patients compared with 25% of patients in the intervention group (relative risk, 3.0; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.2-7.8; P = 0.018). The number needed-to-treat to achieve smoking cessation for 1 patient at 1 year postoperatively was 5.9 (95% CI, 3.4-25.9). Multivariable logistic regression modeling found that the intervention (P = 0.020) and lower nicotine dependency at baseline (P < 0.001) were predictive of success at smoking cessation at 1 year. Poisson regression showed that adjusted for nicotine dependency, those randomized to the intervention group were 2.7 times (95% CI, 1.1-6.7; P = 0.028) more likely to achieve long-term cessation than those in the control group. Adjusted for randomization group, a low level of nicotine dependency resulted in a relative risk of quitting of 5.1 (95% CI, 2.0-12.8; P = 0.001).


This study demonstrates that an intervention designed for a busy preadmission clinic results in decreased smoking rates not only around the time of surgery but also continued benefit in smoking cessation at 1 year. Perioperative care providers have a unique opportunity to assist patients in smoking cessation and achieve long-lasting results.

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