Helping Smokers Quit
Medicare decided to take this under its wings and to provide help for those that are actually trying to quit smoking. They are providing counseling for anyone who is under a program of quitting smoking. “The elderly can respond to smoking cessation counseling even if they have been smoking for 30 years or more,” says Straube, Medicare’s chief medical officer. “We do know we can see a reduction in the death rate and complications from smoking-related illnesses.”
Apart from offering counseling, Medicare covers drugs used to help smokers with the habit and as well by the new program they have introduced, they will expand it by offering eight counseling sessions a year.
The Government has announced that in 2011 these counseling sessions will be free, according to the new health care law regarding the preventive issues.
Anyhow, there is a question sign about the old smokers, that is to say, those that are aged over 65 years old. While the attention should be put mostly on younger smokers as they are the future, the older smoker are more likely to quit than the others. Anyhow, as the older smokers quit smoking, they will live longer with up to five years.
The reason for which older smokers have more success in quitting than younger ones may be because they have arrived at appoint in their life when they want to live longer, as they are more motivated due to the things they may have seen during their lifetime. Apart from this, they are people that are not working anymore, have no worries anymore, are less prone to stress and their body no longer asks nicotine so much as it used to.11