Can I suck on hard candy, chew gum or tobacco before surgery?

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Can I suck on hard candy, chew gum or tobacco before surgery?

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Please follow the same guidelines as for food and liquids. Even though you are not “eating or drinking”, chewing or sucking on gum, candy or tobacco increases fluid in the stomach, which adds to the risk of anesthesia (The stomach thinks that food is coming down, and it gets ready to receive it).

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Please follow the same guidelines as for food and liquids. Even though you are not eating or drinking, chewing or sucking on gum, candy or tobacco increases fluid in the stomach that prepares for food, which adds to the risk of anesthesia.

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