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Predictors of smoking cessation and relapse in older adults.

  • Author(s): Salive, ME
  • Cornoni-Huntley, J
  • LaCroix, AZ
  • Ostfeld, AM
  • Wallace, RB
  • Hennekens, CH
  • et al.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1694340/pdf/amjph00546-0078.pdf
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Abstract

We examined longitudinal changes in smoking behavior among older adults in three community cohorts of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. Smoking prevalence declined from 15% at baseline to 9% during 6 years of follow-up. Annual smoking cessation and relapse rates were 10% and less than 1%, respectively. Interval diagnosis of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cancer increased subsequent smoking cessation but not relapse. Although smoking cessation around diagnosis is increased, primary prevention could yield greater benefits.

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