Effects of Smoking on Solid Organ Transplantation Outcomes

Tobacco smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. Both donor and recipient smoking have been shown to increase graft loss and mortality in solid organ transplant recipients in many studies. Only in lung transplants is smoking a universal contraindication to transplantation. Transplant centers implement different policies regarding smoking recipients and allografts from smoking donors. Due to scarcity of available allografts, the risks of smoking have to be weighed against the risks of a longer transplant waitlist period.

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