If quitting smoking is high on your New Year’s resolutions list, here’s good news: New long-term research findings indicate that booking cosmetic surgery may actually be the key to smoking less or quitting altogether in the years following surgery.

The study, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, looked at 85 patients who were regular smokers at the time of booking their plastic surgery procedures, such as tummy tucks and breast and face lifts. Forty percent of them had quit smoking at least on a daily basis five years later, and about a quarter of those respondents had quit smoking entirely.

The reason: Most plastic surgeons require patients to stop smoking for at least two weeks before their surgeries to help speed wound healing, blood clotting, and a host of other surgery-related issues.