In the United States, nearly 4.5 million adults over 60 continue to smoke, accounting for 70% of all deaths related to smoking, but did you know that while older adults are less likely than younger smokers to attempt to quit, they are much more likely to be successful in the cessation attempts they do make! Health providers can make a difference, as adults who experience greater health challenges with aging and psychological distress, including behavioral health issues, are more likely to be open to quitting!

Below, you’ll find a digest of available resources and information related to tobacco use and supporting cessation in older adults!

General Resources/ Information

Fact Sheets and Infographics













Research Articles

Additional Resources/Information:

  • National Cancer Institute’s telephone quitline, 1-877-44U-QUIT
  • Local and state telephone quitlines, 1-800-QUIT-NOW
  • Veterans Affairs quitline, 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838)


This resource digest will continue to be updated as resources are gathered so please keep checking back!

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