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Hope for Older Smokers

(BNN) If you have been smoking for 30 or more years, you may believe that giving up tobacco now won’t do any good or that continuing to smoke won’t cause you any further harm. Many older smokers feel this way so you are not alone.

But according to Rick Delano, co-author of the new book Tobacco Free After 50 – Unlock the Power of Your Body to Heal, this belief is wrong, dead wrong.

Even after years of smoking, your body has tremendous resiliency or healing power that begins working its magic within hours of your last cigarette. Your circulation system begins to heal right away. Within a year, your risk of heart attack or stroke falls to nearly that of someone who has never smoked. Similar benefits accrue to your lungs as well.

Continuing to smoke works in the exact opposite direction…each additional year of smoking compounds your risks of dieing early or becoming disabled.

Furthermore, again according to Rick Delano, as an older smoker, you are more likely to be successful than younger smokers when you do attempt to put tobacco behind you.

Today in America, 13 million people 50 and older still smoke. But for every current smoker there are now two former smokers.

Why are your chances of successfully putting tobacco behind you better today than when you were younger? Consider these points we have taken from the introduction to Tobacco Free After 50.

  • As you age, you are likely to find new, stronger motivations to quit.
  • Each time you have tried to quit, you learned something new about your nicotine dependence.
  • A lot has changed since you took up smoking. Almost 50% of all US adults smoked when you started. Today, in North America only about 23% of adults smoke. You have fewer “smoking buddies” to hang out with as your friends have quit.
  • People are increasingly concerned about the dangers of secondhand smoke, so you can light up in fewer places. You might have grand kids who can’t come by.
  • The cost of buying tobacco has skyrocketed and that cost can’t begin to compare to what it will cost if you get sick from smoking these days.
  • If it has been a while since you last tried to quit, new medicines are available to help you with the cravings or other symptoms you may experience after you quit, and many of these medicines can be purchased at your pharmacy without a prescription.
  • Many states now offer a variety of free, telephone-based, web-based, or in-person counseling classes. A new Federally-funded helpline offers free counseling even if your state doesn’t. That number is 1-866-quit-now.
  • We know a lot more today about the right combination of strategies needed for a successful quit.
  • Finally, for those still smoking over age 65 and who show any symptoms from their use of tobacco, Medicare now provides free counseling and soon will offer free medications.

You should know that Rick quit smoking for good when he turned 50 seven years ago…so he has been down this road. He invites you to visit the web site for Tobacco Free After 50 at www.tobaccofreeafter50.com or to call his toll-free number 1-877-quit-day if you would like to find out more about his new book.

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