Smoking: Effects On Older People

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?Most of the older smokers start smoking from their teenage years. So they are at greater risk from smoking as they have been smoking from so long a period on an average of 40 years. Older smokers tend to be heavier smokers and they are more likely to suffer from smoking related diseases. The worst thing about the older people is that they are less likely to believe that smoking causes harm to their health. If you are one of them, some of the below stated facts might wake you from the slumber:

1) Men who are 60 and above are two times more likely to die from stroke than non-smokers and their women counterparts are one and half times more likely to die from stroke.
2) The risk of dying from heart attack is 60 percent higher for smokers than those who do not smoke, for people of the age of 65 and older.
3) Cigarette smokers are twice more likely to develop dementia of any kind and Alzheimer's disease than a non-smoker.
4) Smokers among the older people are two to three times more likely to develop cataracts, a leading cause of blindness and visual loss among older people.
5) Smoking lessens a person's normal life expectancy by 10 to 15 years thereby eliminating retirement age for most of the smokers.
6) Smoking among older people results in high level of nicotine dependence and lifelong psychological dependence on smoking.

There are benefits of quitting smoking even in the old age. Your blood circulation improves immediately and the lungs begin to repair the damage that has been already done. The chances of stroke and heart attack reduce to a large extent. So, what are you thinking about? It's never too late. Quit smoking before it actually makes a hell of your life.