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Quit Smoking for Better Fracture Healing

"Any nicotine delivery device will delay healing in bone, including e-cigarettes"
- Dr. J in the comments

Smokers who stop using tobacco in the six weeks following emergency acute fracture surgery experience fewer complications and heal more quickly than those who continue smoking while healing, report researchers in the June issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). "Our results indicate that a smoking cessation intervention program during the first six weeks after acute fracture surgery decreases the risk of postoperative complications by nearly half," said Hans NĂ¥sell, MD of Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The study is the first of its kind to examine effects of quitting smoking after surgery for fractures. Smoking, which lowers blood oxygen levels and inhibits circulation, can cause wound site infections or delay healing of bone, skin and tissue.

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qaz668 commenter qaz668 at 10:51 am on June 2, 2010

Electronic cigarettes are legal to use in no smoking areas. They produce no smoke or tar - only a water-based vapor that does not leave bad smells in clothes furniture or hair. They cannot cause a fire when one falls asleep using them as nothing burns. You can see one being used at [redacted - please don't use comments for commercial promotion]

My mother who had smoked for over 40 years, has not touched a regular cigarette since trying hers.

Dr. J commenter Dr. J at 5:29 pm on June 2, 2010

Any nicotine delivery device will delay healing in bone!

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