Seniors and Smoking Cessation

Seniors and Smoking CessationIt's Never Too Late to Quit

According to Census Canada 2011, more and more Canadians are living to their 90s and even 100s. As life expectancy continues to grow, healthy, active aging becomes a priority. 
Healthy eating and regular exercise are important to healthy aging and longevity, but quitting smoking may have the greatest impact on the quality of your life as you age.

If you are an older adult considering quitting or even cutting back, it’s the best thing you can do for your overall health and quality of life.  For example, did you know...

  • Twenty (20) minutes after quitting, your heart rate drops to more normal levels.
  • Twelve (12) hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. 
  • The benefits of quitting increase over time as your body heals itself.
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve.
  • Giving up cigarettes may also reduce your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, thyroid conditions, hearing loss and osteoporosis.
  • If you've been diagnosed with a significant health problem, quitting smoking makes it more likely the treatment will be successful and you'll have fewer side effects.

Help is Available:

If you are ready to quit or even considering quitting help is available: 

People of all ages who have already developed smoking-related health problems can still benefit from quitting.