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Research has shown that using tobacco can affect the success of a surgery and may lead to postoperative complications. For this reason, if you are undergoing a surgery, you may want to consider quitting or cutting back. 

To help people quit smoking after surgery, Penn Medicine's Smoking Treatment Team has started a research program that is currently enrolling patients who are about to undergo an orthopaedic surgery. This program is completely voluntary, and anyone who wants to participate should sign up on the day of their surgery. 

To be a eligible to participate in the program, you must be:

  • An adult, age 18 years or older
  • Scheduled for orthopedic surgery at Penn Medicine
  • A tobacco product (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, chew, pipe, E-cigarettes or vaporizers, etc.) user within the last six weeks
  • Able to read and understand the English language 
  • Mentally competent and able to give consent for enrollment in the program

You are not a candidate if you are participating in another smoking cessation study or are pregnant.

Learn more about the study by watching the following video: 

Ready to participate in the program?

If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete our enrollment questionnaire on the day of your surgery. 

If you have any questions, please call 888-736-6786 (888-PENN-STOP).

Other ways to quit smoking

If you are not interested in enrolling in the study or do not meet the qualifications, there are many other ways to quit smoking.

1. Get help

Call 888-736-6786 (888-PENN-STOP) to make an appointment with Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program

We are located in:

Penn Medicine University City
10th Floor
3737 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
West Pavilion, 1st Floor
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

2. Get medication

Smoking is a biological problem that involves the brain. The Smoking Treatment Team can help you by prescribing medication. It is your choice whether or not to take medication.

3. Get support

Having an advocate can make all the difference when you're trying to quit. Find a friend to talk to or find someone who you can quit smoking with.

It may also help for you to call a quitline. Quitlines are by region:


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