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ANCHOR LEAD:   BENEFITS ARE REALIZED FROM QUITTING SMOKING FOR OLDER ADULTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Smoking statistics released recently from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sobering, but one uplifting fact emerges:  even older adults who’ve smoked for years will receive benefit from quitting.  Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, reviews the data.

BELLANTONI:  Currently one in five older adults are smokers, active smokers, and while this number has been decreasing for forty years, the rate at which its decreasing has begun to slow, and yet this report highlights that the death rates of older smokers are double that of nonsmokers, and that benefit is achieved, a sixty year old man who quits smoking, over fifteen years, reduces his risk of dying from a smoke-related illness by 10%.  We have very few drugs that give us that benefit on mortality.       :29

Bellantoni says people who smoke should talk with their primary care doctor about how to approach smoking cessation with the best chance for success.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.orting.


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