A study led by Jason T. Newsome, PhD of Portland State University in America revealed that just 19 per cent of older individuals who were diagnosed with lung disease gave up smoking within two years.
The Health and Retirement study in question has been on-going since 1992, and has surveyed over 11,000 Americans since then.
The aim of the research was to help experts to establish to what extent smokers modified their smoking and drinking habits after they had been diagnosed with a serious chronic condition such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or stroke.
Newsome said: “Even after an illness has occurred, change in behaviour is critical for improving quality of life, reducing risk of recurrence or complications, and extending life. Quitting smoking after a heart attack, for example, cuts risk of a second heart attack in half.”
The largest change appeared to be in the behaviour of those who were diagnosed with heart disease, after which 40 per cent of smokers then went on to quit. However, out of those diagnosed with lung disease, only 19 per cent managed to give up.
“The results provide important new information on health behaviour changes among those with chronic disease and suggest that intensive efforts are required to help initiate and maintain lifestyle improvements among this population”. Concluded the researchers.
Whilst many smokers would like to overcome their habit, if you have been smoking for a lifetime and you are now into your yonder years this is far easier said than done. Consulting a hypnotherapist could deliver the answer, providing you with support and specialist techniques in a bid to retrain your mind to banish those negative habits and instead replace them with more positve ones.
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