It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking
Why quit now?
Many older adults who have smoked for years think stopping now won’t do any good. But that’s not true. Many health problems caused by smoking can be even more serious for seniors. As soon as you stop smoking your body begins to recover. Quitting at any age will improve your health.
Improve your health
By quitting you can:
- Lower your risk for lung and other types of cancer
- Reduce your risk for heart disease, lung disease, and stroke
- Reduce your risk of developing or worsening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States
You can also:
- Improve your sense of taste and smell
- Save money
- Avoid exposing loved ones to secondhand smoke
How to quit
The first step is to make a firm decision to quit and pick a definite date to stop. Then make a clear plan for how you will quit and stick to it. You might ask a friend to quit with you or join a support group. Some people use nicotine replacement products to help them quit. No matter how you decide to quit, stick with your plan and know that you are taking a major step towards better health.
Programs to help you quit:
SmokeFree: A free resource that offers access to coaches and plans designed to support anyone who wants to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
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