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HARD TO QUIT

ANCHOR LEAD:  OLDER SMOKERS MAY FIND IT ESPECIALLY HARD TO QUIT SMOKING, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Older people who’ve smoked for some time may have a particularly hard time giving up the habit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.  Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says a few factors come into play.

BELLANTONI:  Our older smokers are less willing to use our researched methods of smoking cessation, the use of nicotine patches, physician advocacy, and group support.  Tried and true ways of ways to be successful in smoking cessation.          :14

Two other aspects of attempting to quit may be particularly onerous for older adults.

BELLANTONI:  One is the cost, and particularly the cost of medications, including prescription patches and gums.  Another is the change in culture where group support is part of medical care.                     :12

Bellantoni says barriers notwithstanding, the benefits of smoking cessation more than justify their cost.  Even older folks with see immediate improvements in breathing as well as declining risks for cardiovascular events.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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