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Smokers Pay Higher Hospital Costs For Surgery
2012-05-30 04:27:03

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Smokers beware. Smoking is known to be harmful to your health, but it can be detrimental to your pocketbook as well. A study published in the June 2012 issue Journal of the American College of Surgeons reports that surgical patients who smoke tend to have higher hospital costs for elective general surgery than nonsmokers. The project showed that a significant amount of the health care costs was due to postoperative respiratory complications. According to...