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The past few decades in the United States has been marked by a considerable reduction in the number of people who smoke. Research has shown that secondhand smoke is also harmful and as a result smoking has been banned from most public places, especially in California. But, smoking in one’s own home is still permitted. When patients are considering plastic surgery, especially invasive procedures such as abdominoplasty or facelift  Dr. O’Toole is certain to cover the risk of these surgeries when performed on smokers.The risk include but are not limited to delayed wound healing,and as a result, more noticeable scarring. The ideal situation is that patients do not smoke at all. If they are already smokers stopping for at least 3 weeks prior to surgery and 4 weeks after surgery can make a difference.While there are not conclusive guidelines concerning surgical healing and secondhand smoke, it is a good idea to recover from surgery in an environment that is smoke free. The body is likely to respond and heal best in a clean, safe, and healthy environment. A recent study showed that even  children have a hard time when growing up in a home where parents smoke. According to The Los Angeles Times children who live in homes where at least one person smokes inside the house miss more days of school than kids who live in non-smoking homes, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reported Monday. Their nationwide study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, backs up findings of earlier research in California and New Jersey.

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