Why Live Smoke-Free?
Many smoking-related deaths and diseases occur in B.C. each year, and these most often affect older people. The best way to reduce your risk is to stop smoking altogether.
Non-smokers generally enjoy better health and quality of life than people who smoke. Studies suggest that long-term tobacco users who quit smoking at age 65 increase their life expectancy by an average of two years. Quitting can also save you money.
Remember, it’s never too late to quit smoking! Programs like the BC Smoking Cessation Program and QuitNow Services are there to help you quit, and can even help you help someone else quit smoking.
- It's Never too Late to Quit Smoking (PDF brochure)
- QuitNow Services
QuitNow Services also provides a confidential support line that is available free of charge, 24 hours a day. Call toll-free at 1 877 455-2233; interpreter services are available upon request.
- QuitNow: Helping Friends and Family Quit Smoking
- BC Smoking Cessation Program
Pamela Wray: Quit Smoking at 72
Pamela Wray is an inspirational B.C. senior who quit smoking at the age of 72 after smoking for more than 50 years.
You can read more about her achievements in her "Celebrating Seniors" profile.