Smoking in old age is becoming an increasingly urgent problem. While the number of younger smokers is declining, the number of older smokers is increasing.
Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of men ages 55-74 smoke – an increase of 9 percent since 2009.
For women, the proportion of smokers in this age group is 18.3 percent.
The 80 percent increase in smokers 55-74 is particularly noticeable. This is a result of federal health reporting data.
That's behind the statistics
There is a reason for this: demographic development.
"The increased proportion of smokers in older age groups may be explained by the fact that middle-aged smokers are moving to older age groups," says Ute Mons, Head of Cancer Prevention at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.
Hardly anyone starts smoking when they are older.
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The huge increase in women who smoke between the mid 50's and mid 70's is explained by the fact that Mons are exactly the women of this age who started smoking in the 60's and 1970's.
Previously, this was quite unusual for women – hence the relatively low proportion of older smokers, which has now increased so much.
Health benefits after only a short time
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Because even those who drop their cigarettes at an older age benefit from it. Shortness of breath, coughing and poor performance are improved by days or weeks.
Even the risk of consequential damage can be significantly reduced by removing the glowing stems.
If a 60-year-old is forbidden to interrupt his life, the risk of stroke and heart attack will be significantly less within five to ten years
Mons told the dpa news agency.
After twenty years, the risk of getting such cardiovascular disease equals the risk of smoking.
The risk of lung cancer is halved
Even when it comes to cancer, it is worth it to quit smoking – even in old age: ten to 20 years after your last cigarette, the risk of cancer falls significantly. And the risk of lung cancer halved within ten years.
In short, it's never too late to stop smoking.