Quit smoking, can you help us? – Pneumology Department

Quit smoking, can you help us?  – Pneumology Department


Tobacco is the second leading cause of death and fourth disease in the world (WHO 2008).
In Luxembourg, in 2009, 24% of people over the age of 15 were smokers, of which 19% were daily. It is estimated 500 to 600 patients die from smoking each year and about 20 die from the effects of passive smoking.

Tobacco contains more than 4,000 toxic substances;
nicotine, carbon monoxide or CO, bronchial irritations and various carcinogenic compounds.
Tobacco is dangerous in all its forms: manufactured cigarettes, cigarettes, cigarettes, cigarillos, etc.
Even just one cigarette a day is dangerous for long-term health.

tobacco causes:

  • a nicotine dependence on the body.
  • Behavioral addiction.
  • psychological dependence.

Tobacco effects are harmful

  • Respiratory Disease: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • Cardiac and vascular vessels.
  • Carcinogens.
  • digestive system and urinary tract.
  • Cutaneous and infectious.

Moreover, tobacco aggravates many diseases or accelerates their development, for example: multiple sclerosis … In many diseases, stopping smoking is vital (bronchopulmonary, cardiac, vascular, neurological, carcinoma, …).
Smoking is a chronic illness that requires counseling, assistance, and treatment. Speak with your doctor and he will be able to notify you.
The health benefit of every bit is immense. The benefit to quality of life is also huge.
Many former smokers, whose only regret is that they did not quit sooner.

woman and tobacco

Women, in addition to all the dangers already mentioned, seem to be particularly exposed in all stages of life;
Tobacco and hormonal contraception; The risk is increased for phlebitis and pulmonary embolism and vascular accidents, even in young women.
tobacco and fertility There is an increase in time from conception to pregnancy, and also increases when a future father smokes. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is 4 times less likely to be successful if a woman continues to smoke.
Tobacco and pregnancy: CO The risk of preterm delivery increases and the child has lower birth weight. One cigarette per day corresponds to 10 to 30 grams less at birth.

It is better to get out smoking before pregnant, but it is never too late. Termination during pregnancy is beneficial.

Passive smoking

Patient smoking is exposed to cigarette smoke and unintentionally inhales smoke from one or more smokers. Tobacco is the main source of chocolate in the home. Passive smoking is dangerous for all stages of life.

Passive smoking ENT mainly irritates the mucous membranes of the eyes and conjunctiva. It often causes headaches and feeling fatigue.
Tobacco and respiratory diseases Asthma and COPD worsen if the patient is exposed to a smoking charger.
Tobacco and coronary heart disease; It is well known that exposure to second smoke puts you at increased risk of heart attack and sudden death. The smoking ban in Italy has led to an 11% decrease in admissions for cardiology hospitals in Italy.
tobacco and children; In infants there is a double risk of sudden death in the event of passive exposure to smoke. At all ages, there is a significant increase in bronchitis, ear infections and asthma attacks. In order to avoid exposure in the car.

Before operation, leave smoking

Why are you waiting?
Smoking increases the risk of postoperative complications, especially respiratory and HIV infection complications, and is thoroughly healing.
Stopping smoking 6 to 8 weeks before the operation and until treatment is complete decreases by 3 the risk of surgical complications, with twice the time in intensive care and a shorter total hospitalization period.

When you stop
As soon as possible before operation.
More than 6 weeks before operation, operative risk associated with smoking has disappeared. Between 2 days and 6 weeks before operation, operative risk decreases according to length of stoppage.
Between 12 and 48 hours before operation, better tissue oxygen is already obtained. In case of emergency surgery, talk with your surgeon, your anesthetist and their teams. They will help you during the recession period.

And after the operation?
Smoke suppression is necessary for proper skin healing (about 3 weeks after operation) or perhaps for bony healing (3 months after orthopedic operation). Know how I could use this opportunity to prevent and lose weight during your hospitalization. The more days pass by, the less will the sting be strong.


My child will be working.
Never smoke before it regardless of age. Do not smoke inside your house or your car. Aeration is not enough for secondhand smoke exposure.

Pneumology department

Smoking cessation consultation;
Phone: +352 4411 8720
tobacco.stop [at] chl.lu

To help you quit, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor and nurses with CHL. You are listening and want to see the number of smokers decrease. They can help you directly or call the CHL for special services. Nicotine substitutions (luggage, gums, pastilles, etc.) and prescription drugs help beat withdrawal syndrome and smoking. Weight gain is not necessary. You can smoke cessation consultation.

A key team of doctors and nurses can help you develop and implement a quit smoking plan.

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