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Why Should Surgery Patients Quit Smoking?

5/16/2012
Windsor Ont



The Essex County Medical Society and Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia at the three area hospitals state that patients who quit smoking six to eight weeks before booked surgery would have a better and safer outcome and reduced hospital stays.

Quit Smoking Ontario Inc. President, Dr. David Wonham has called a media conference to discuss a pilot project on:

Date:   Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time:  12:00 p.m. Noon
Location:  Auditorium ‘B’, Met Campus
Windsor Regional Hospital, 1995 Lens Avenue, Windsor

Quit Smoking Ontario, partnering with Windsor Regional Hospital and with support from the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program is initiating a six-month pilot project in an effort to promote recommendations for surgery patients to consider stop smoking. The brochure, ‘For Smokers Who Need to Quit Before Surgery’, will be provided to patients who smoke and are booked for elective inpatient surgery. Patients will be able to register and attend sessions on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm at the Met Campus beginning June 5, 2012. They will be counselled by ‘TEACH-trained’ medical professionals. With the potential success of the program, it will be extended to other hospitals and outpatients.

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For further information contact:
Dr. David Wonham, President, Quit Smoking Ontario Inc.
519-255-0707 (pager)

Ron Foster, VP, Public Affairs and Communications
519-995-2482 /
ron_foster@wrh.on.ca