Am I too old to quit smoking? ... If I already have a smoking disease, why should I quit?... Isn't it too late for me?
The stop smoking benefits are great. They're even greater if you stop smoking at a young age. But just because you are getting a little older, it doesn't mean there are no benefits for you. Consider this for a moment...
Roughly 90% of all lung cancers are brought on by smoking. Let that sink in for a moment. If people stopped smoking, 90% of all lung cancers would just go extinct, like the dinosaurs. But how long do you run the risk of lung cancer after you stop smoking? For those who quit smoking for 10 years, the risk is 30-50% less than current smokers. Also, if you have quit for 15 years, the risk may be 80-90% less than current smokers. What does this mean in real terms? Lets say you quit at age 55. That means by age 70, you have approximately the same risk of lung cancer as a non-smoker. So when you are about to enjoy those grandchildren, you'll have a greater chance to do so. What if you quit when you're 40? Then you can enjoy your retirement without as much concern for that dreaded disease.
Now we turn our attention to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, popularly known as emphysema. Many smokers have some sort of COPD as they age. They simply can't help it. Smoking does what smoking does, it damages the lungs--some people more, some less, but the damage is there. The question is, how much damage do you want to risk? The less you smoke the less damage you have. Studies show the progression of COPD slows after smoking cessation. The amount of obstruction in the airways to airflow continues to occur, but at slower rates of decline.
So there is no time like the present, at any age, to quit the smoking habit!
Dr. Michael Ackerman is a chiropractic physician in San Diego, California, specializing in nutrition, sports injuries, and holistic family practice -- as well as using an intuitive healing approach to treating the emotional origins of physical pain and disease. He has worked with the New Orleans Saints football team, The Delta Festival Ballet Company, and professional, collegiate, and amateur athletes from most sports backgrounds.
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