It is widely known that the physiological impacts of nicotine from cigarette smoking are harmful to almost every organ of the body, cause various diseases, and negatively impact the overall health of individuals. When it comes to musculoskeletal health and the specialty of orthopaedics, cigarette smoking has a significant influence on negative outcomes. This article discusses the impact of cigarette smoking and nicotine on the musculoskeletal system and the role of the orthopaedic nurse in educating patients on the importance of smoking cessation to improve musculoskeletal health and meet quality measures that serve to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.
Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, RNFA, Administrator and Nurse Practitioner, Starkville Orthopedic Clinic, Starkville, Mississippi; Nurses Lead, Founder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Andrea Jackson, BSN, RN, Registered Nurse, Starkville Orthopedic Clinic, Starkville, Mississippi; and Nurse Practitioner Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The authors have disclosed that they have no financial interests to any commercial company related to this educational activity.