Seniors and smoking

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Did you know about 10% of adults over the age of 65 continue to smoke tobacco on a daily or occasional basis?

The good news is that it is never too late to quit smoking. While older adults are less likely to try quitting than younger people, they are actually more likely to be successful at quitting. Even older adults already experiencing chronic diseases or cancer benefit greatly from tobacco cessation in disease management. Want to know more?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Strategies for quitting

Seniors can use many of the same strategies that are used by smokers of other ages. These include avoiding places where others smoke, removing ashtrays and other objects that remind them of smoking from their homes, finding other ways to deal with stress and using the four Ds to handle cravings (deep breathe, distract yourself, delay smoking by five minutes and drink water).

Just convincing yourself that you can quit smoking can make a difference. You are more likely to successfully quit if you believe you can do it.

Set yourself up for success by making a complete plan to quit. Set a quit date ahead of time. Set a quit date ahead of time, and seek support from family and friends to help keep you tobacco-free. Others find it helpful to add counselling or medication (e.g., nicotine replacement therapies like gums, patches, inhalers or lozenges) to their quit plan.

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