I had an enquiry from a 60 year (young) lady recently who was considering giving up smoking and I was surprised when she asked me if it was worth it “at her age”. You’re never too old to quit smoking, and there are a bunch of reasons why doing it now will be one of the smartest decisions you’ll ever make.
Even if you’ve smoked for years, the benefits you’ll enjoy when you quit smoking will begin within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, and the benefits grow for years to come.
You will reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer.
Your circulation and lung function will improve.
If you have chronic bronchitis or emphysema, quitting will help stop further damage.
You’ll feel physically better, have more stamina and energy, and your self-esteem will soar!
It’s never too late to quit smoking.
Do Most Older Smokers Want to Quit Smoking?
Yes! Most smokers, even younger ones, want to quit smoking. What keeps them from quitting? Fear of being irritable, nervous and tense. Fear of gaining weight. Fear that nicotine withdrawal symptoms will be more than they can manage. Fear that life will be boring without their smokes.
None of these is a good reason to continue smoking!
Once free of smoking, people usually look back and wonder why they didn’t quit sooner. The reality of quitting smoker is much easier than you think when using Hypnosis. The mind is reprogrammed to being a non-smoker so it no longer makes sense to want a cigarette, in fact, the thought of smoking becomes repulsive. This can be achieved in one 3 hour session as long as the person is 100% ready and committed to never smoking again.
Many people believe that they are addicted to the nicotine, this is a myth. Smoking is not an addiction, it’s a habit. There are no physical withdrawal symptoms from quitting smoking.
Older Smokers and Quitting Success
Contrary to what you might think, quitting smoking later in life is not futile or even more difficult. Older smokers are often more likely (and motivated) to quit for good than younger smokers. They’ve spent years developing a loathing for a habit they now feel chained to. The longer a person smokes, the less appealing it becomes.
Along with improved health after quitting, older smokers also report feeling relief and gratitude. And that feeds their long-term success. Thanks to the incredible healing powers of the human body, many long-term smokers will notice significant improvements once they quit.
Quitting Reduces Health Risks in Older Smokers
While health risks from smoking increase with age, there are always benefits to quitting smoking at any age. Some of the risk factors for smoking include:
Increased Tiredness and Shortness of Breath
Smokers—especially those over 50—are more likely to feel tired, have shortness of breath and experience a persistent cough. These symptoms often signal the onset of COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Because COPD is usually slow to develop, it doesn’t bother most people until they’ve been smoking for many years.
Increased Heart Attack Risk
Smokers age 60 and older have a greater risk of suffering a heart attack. Smoking is a major risk factor in 4 of the 5 leading causes of death. These include:
Expanding that list further, we find that smoking is a major risk factor in 6 of the top 14 causes of death. Older male smokers are nearly twice as likely to die from stroke as older men who do not smoke. The odds are nearly as high for older female smokers.
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in most westernized Countries and the leading cause of death caused by smoking. For middle-aged men who smoke, the risk of dying of coronary heart disease increases by four times. For women, the risk is five-fold. Smoking is hard on the heart.
Increased Risk of Lung Disease and Cancer
Smoking increases the risk of dying from lung cancer or emphysema, along with numerous other smoking-related diseases.
The risk of dying from lung cancer is much higher for smokers than nonsmokers: 23 times higher for men, and 12 times higher for women.
Death by bronchitis or emphysema increases 17 times for men and 12 times for women over their non-smoking counterparts.
Cigarette smokers of any age face an overall risk of death that is about three times higher than that of never smokers of similar age. Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years less than it is for non-smokers.
No Matter Your Age, Quitting Will Help You
Even if you’re a smoker and have suffered a heart attack, there is good news: Quitting can reduce the chance of another attack. In some cases quitting can cut the chances in half or even more.
Every day you dedicate to smoking steals more of your life from you and from those who love you. Don’t fall for the misguided thinking that it’s too late for you to quit smoking.
It’s never too late to quit smoking. As soon as you put down that last cigarette, the benefits begin.
When you’re ready, book in for a free discovery session and let’s get rid of this stinky habit once and for all!