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Even after many years of smoking, it's still worth giving up. The encouraging news is that older smokers who decide to give up have been shown to be more successful at staying away from smoking than younger people.

Whatever your age you can expect a range of benefits if you stop smoking, and many of these benefits can be seen quite quickly. You're likely to:

  • be able to breathe easier
  • feel better overall
  • find that any existing heart and lung problems that you have are less likely to become serious
  • be less likely to have a stroke or heart and lung problems
  • recover more quickly after an operation
  • live longer.

Most people know how unhealthy smoking is but. because they enjoy it, they find it difficult to give up. The first step is to convince yourself that you would like to be a non-smoker. Why would being a non-smoker be right for you? Ask your GP practice about local one-to-one or group support to help you. Medication to stop smoking is available on prescription.

Contact NHS Smokefree or the charity Quit for more information.

Further information


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For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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