Healthy Aging


Tobacco Free Living

Tobacco Free Living

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Tobacco Free Living. Smoking is directly responsi­ble for more than 90 percent of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, or em­physema and chronic bronchi­tis) deaths and approximately 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and men. Furthermore, smoking is a major risk factor for coro­nary heart disease, stroke, and lower respiratory tract infections - all leading causes of death in those over 50 years of age as reported by the CDC.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting tobacco free living.

2013 State of Tobacco Control
The American Lung Association
This report provides a snapshot of where states are regarding key tobacco control policies. It discusses state spending, smoke-free air policies, cigarette excise taxes, cessation coverage, and smoking attributable death statistics.

Curriculum on Smoke-free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing
The American Lung Association
This online curriculum examines how partners (building managers, property owners, policymakers, residents and other stakeholders) can come together to implement a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing properties like apartments and condominiums.

Smoking Among U.S. Adults with Mental Illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC's Vital Signs report discusses the statistics for smoking among adults with mental illness, as well as recommendations for how to reduce smoking rates in this population. States can use this data to support the need for programs and policies that reduce tobacco use among people with mental illness.

NIH Senior Health: Quitting Smoking for Older Adults and NCI Clear Horizons: A Quit-Smoking Guide for People 50 and Older
National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The NIH offers a variety of resources to help support older adults quit smoking. The resources include tips, handling withdrawals and cravings, and videos. The NIH also published a smoking cessation guide book for older adults.

Tobacco Use and Dementia
The World Health Organization
This publications provides an overview of smoking and the effects of smoking on Alzheimer's disease and other dementia's. It summarizes the current evidence on smoked tobacco, smokeless tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke. This is also intended as an advocacy tool to widely include other health care professionals in the fight for tobacco control and prevention of tobacco related diseases.

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