I took my husband with me to the initial medical consultation and I’m happy to say that the doctor was able to him on board. However, I was quite discouraged to learn that I would have to give up all tobacco products 12 weeks prior to surgery and would be tested for nicotine the week before my surgery date. Both my husband and I are smokers. So what’s the deal here? Why is it so important to stop smoking before surgery? Can I take up smoking again after surgery?