Even elderly smokers benefit from stopping

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New research suggests that even grandpa should quit smoking. Traditionally, the medical evidence for smoking cessation has been limited to young and middle-age patients, making the push to quit at an older age a weak initiative.

The assumption has been that elderly patients have more pressing health problems, and the potential benefit from smoking cessation at an elderly age, although present, might not be substantial.

A new research study and accompanying commentary published in June’s Archives of Internal Medicine refutes this assumption and demonstrates that the benefit of smoking cessation in elderly patients is significant.

Dr. Carolin Gellert and colleagues combined data from 17 studies to examine the risk of death in patients ages 60 and older. After accounting for differences such as alcohol consumption and exercise between smokers and nonsmokers, they show that smoking contributes to an 83 percent higher risk of death.

Elderly patients who quit smoking lowered their risk of death by approximately 25 percent. Even when examining patients 80 years and older, researchers found that patients who quit smoking at such an advanced age had a similar reduction in their risk of death.

Smoking is a costly activity for the smoker and for our country. In a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking was the primary risk factor for almost one-third of cancer deaths and a major contributor to heart disease. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. In addition, grandpa’s second-hand smoke increases his grandchildren’s risk of developing lung disease. Smoking costs our country almost $25 billion in lost productivity each year.

For patients who wish to quit, the most effective strategies involve a combination of counseling and medications. Patients should set up an appointment with their physician, who can help coordinate the process. Individuals can also visit www.smokefree.gov or call the free national smoking quitline at (800) QUIT-NOW to connect with trained counselors who can assist with the process.

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smokedbacon
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smokedbacon 07/21/12 - 09:45 pm
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anti smoking

When a child believes they can tell their parents what to do there becomes a a major problem. My daughter came up with a idea that she can tell others what they can do on private property namely ban smoking in a VFW or an American Legion in which she does not participate in or visit. As a result I have not spoken to my daughter since December of 2007, another victim of the anti smoker hatred that you never hear about.

marbee
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marbee 07/21/12 - 11:51 pm
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Promotion of bullying the elderly!

I do believe there is a campaign against bullying! It seems the most populous age group on the planet and smoked their way to get there should get a reprieve from anti-smoker bullying! Of course when there is money to be made by bullying people into using the no smoke products, bullying suddenly becomes the thing to do. Perhaps the CDC should back off, after all, it seems they've been busted for lobbying for this bullying recently!

FXR
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FXR 07/22/12 - 08:43 am
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Irresponsible Journalism

Its a shame that advertisements flow directly from the ad agencies to the headlines without restriction of late. Otherwise some level of balanced perspectives and responsible oversight would still be possible and special interests would have much less impact, when selling misconceptions, bullying and irresponsible fear mongering. Second hand smoke is an invention of a financially conflicted agenda and third hand smoke failed to sell because it pushed the same line too far beyond credibility. If someone predicted at birth to perish at 65 is still alive at 80, they must be doing something right and by forcing them to change by emotional blackmail at this point, is not only cruel it may serve to be highly dangerous acts, by the half truths of special interest group statisticians, claiming to be medical experts, who rely on numbers to create what ever they wish. They have little perspective when it comes to individuals. They are going to now promise to prevent an 80 year old from dying with no statistics anywhere that support immortality results from a lowering of health risks. Some lines should never be crossed and the number crossed here are clearly unacceptable.

smartin1955
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smartin1955 07/23/12 - 10:08 am
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WOW- People quit dying!
Unpublished

"Elderly patients who quit smoking lowered their risk of death by approximately 25 percent." So, if you call the Quitline and buy the Johnson and Johnson nicotine replacement products, that the Cancer Society gets paid to push, (they made over $9 million dollars running the Quitline contracts in one year AND got lobbying money from J&J's "philanthropic arm) you WON'T DIE. WOW WOW WOW
Looks like these pro ban people have reached a level of lies unknown in the history of BS!

smartin1955
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smartin1955 07/23/12 - 10:11 am
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CDC being investigated
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for financing lobbying by non profit organizations. ALso, the CDC is HEAVILY funded to promote smoking bans by Pfizer, who, by the way, sell Chantix. And, Dr Satcher, ex Surgeon General, is on the Boards of Johnson and JOhnson AND the CDC Foundation at the same time. J&J sell the patches, and make the big campaign donations to elected officials from local City Councils to the President. AMazing, eh?

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