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Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation in the Perioperative Period of Cardiothoracic Surgery: Views of Australian Clinicians

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Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia
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Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia
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Austin Clinical School of Nursing, La Trobe University, Melbourne 3084, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2481; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112481
Received: 5 October 2018 / Revised: 5 November 2018 / Accepted: 5 November 2018 / Published: 7 November 2018
For patients who smoke, electronic cigarettes may offer a pathway to achieve tobacco abstinence and reduce the risk of postoperative complications. Clinicians have a pivotal role in supporting smoking cessation by patients with lung cancer and coronary artery disease throughout the perioperative period of cardiothoracic surgery. However, the views of Australian cardiothoracic clinicians on electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation are unknown. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 52 cardiothoracic surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and physiotherapists in six hospitals in Sydney and thematically analysed. Clinicians’ knowledge about electronic cigarettes and the regulatory environment surrounding them was limited. Clinicians believed that: electronic cigarettes, though unlikely to be safe, were safer than tobacco cigarettes; electronic cigarettes may have a harm reduction role in public health; and electronic cigarettes were a potential smoking cessation tool for the extraordinary circumstances of surgery. The professional role of a clinician and their views about electronic cigarettes as a perioperative smoking cessation aid had an influence on future clinician-patient interactions. Electronic cigarette use is increasing in Australia and clinicians are likely to receive more frequent questions about electronic cigarettes as a cessation aid. Stronger guidance for clinicians is needed on the topic of electronic cigarettes and cardiothoracic surgery. View Full-Text
Keywords: tobacco; preoperative; surgery; electronic cigarette; surgeons; anaesthetists; nurses; physiotherapists tobacco; preoperative; surgery; electronic cigarette; surgeons; anaesthetists; nurses; physiotherapists
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Luxton, N.A.; Shih, P.; Rahman, M.A. Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation in the Perioperative Period of Cardiothoracic Surgery: Views of Australian Clinicians. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2481.

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