According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 19% of adults in Great Britain smoked in 2014 with the average daily consumption per adult being 11 cigarettes. During the same year it was also estimated that up to 78,000 deaths could be attributed to smoking-related complications. The harrowing side effects of smoking have been known for years and although feared by most smokers, it does not always serve as sufficient motivation to quit the nasty habit.
When an elderly person has been smoking for quite some time, the thought of quitting has probably surfaced numerous times, yet never materialised into anything. Quitting is never easy despite the countless therapies designed to make the process easier. It is often only when the risk factors of smoking is weighed against the enjoyment of smoking at an older age that a conscious decision is made to quit and that action is taken to ensure the success of the decision.