Should Seniors Quit Smoking
Should Seniors Quit Smoking? It is far easier to quit smoking if you are younger and have
not been smoking for very long. A teenager who has smoked only a few months, or a couple of years, will certainly
find it easier to kick the habit than someone in their thirties who has smoked for ten years. But what about those
smokers who have been smoking since they were in their teens and are now are approaching their sixties. That means
they have been smoking for nearly forty years. Someone who has smoked this long is more likely to be a heavier
smoker, at least twenty cigarettes daily, and that is a strong addition. As well, one of the reasons it is harder
to get an older smoker to break their habit is that they believe that they have been smoking long enough that if
something bad was going to happen it already would have. They look and say they are still alive so their smoking is
not going to hurt them, and if it did it will not make much difference anymore. This, of course, makes no sense.
Even though some people will smoke their whole lives with no side effects, many more will suffer from coughs,
wheezing, shortness of breath and other respiratory ailments traced directly back to their smoking habit. Perhaps
they need to look at the cigarette facts. As recently as a couple of years ago there were over eighteen million
smokers over the age of forty five, nine percent of these were over the age of sixty five. Of these eighteen
million smokers two and a half percent die each year of smoking related illnesses. That shows how terrible
cigarette smoking truly is. Those who smoke cigarettes and are seniors continue to increase their risks. They are
twice as likely to succumb to a stroke if they are men and one and a half times more likely if they are women. They
are sixty percent more likely to have a heart attack and have twice as much chance of succumbing to Alzheimers
disease. They are also more likely to wind up with cataracts some of which will be severe enough to blind them.
Smokers are likely to live ten to fourteen years less than they otherwise would if they did not smoke. Those ten to
fourteen years could be their retirement years or the period of time when their grandchildren are being born. They
must ask themselves if smoking cigarettes is truly worth missing their grandchildren over. Too often someone who is
older assumes that the damage has already been done and so what is the point of quitting, but this is not true.
Even a senior adds back a few years once they stop smoking. They diminish the damage done to their lungs and will
actually begin to breathe noticeably better after they quit. Interestingly it seems that the improvements are more
noticeable in women than in men. This all proves that there is no age at which it is unwise to quit smoking.
Ready To Quit Smoking Join support groups for those who are quitting. There are online forums that you can join and share what works and doesn’t work for you so that when things are getting tough others who understand what you are going through can give encouragement. Talk with your healthcare provider regarding your desire to quit for possible support and information, including community support groups, and available aids for quitting like the patch and gum.
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