Key Points

This current generation of older adults in the United States has the highest smoking rate of any generation.  Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.    Smoking is a strong risk factor for premature mortality in older age and smoking cessation is beneficial at any age. Smoking can interfere with the effectiveness of many medications.  Older adults who smoke have been shown to be more successful at quitting than younger smokers. 

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Smoking and Older Adults Handout