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How Long Must Lung Transplant Recipients Be Smoke-Free?

11/14/2007

Question:

How long do you have to be smoke free before you can be placed on the lung transplant list?

Answer:

Depending on the transplant program, there is some variation in the minimum required time to be abstinent from all tobacco and nicotine products.  The usual interval is between 6 -12 months with many programs requiring a time at the lower end of this range.

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Response by:

David  R Nunley, MD, FCCP David R Nunley, MD, FCCP
Former Associate Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University