Research shows that smokers have more complications than non-smokers after spinal surgery or joint replacement. This finding has prompted some doctors to advise smokers to quit before having having surgery. About 15 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes, down from 21 percent in 20015, according to federal health records.
Research shows that smokers have more complications than non-smokers after spinal surgery or joint replacement. This finding has prompted some doctors to advise smokers to quit before having having surgery. About 15 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes, down from 21 percent in 20015, according to federal health records. Joe Raedle Getty Images
Research shows that smokers have more complications than non-smokers after spinal surgery or joint replacement. This finding has prompted some doctors to advise smokers to quit before having having surgery. About 15 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes, down from 21 percent in 20015, according to federal health records. Joe Raedle Getty Images

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