You’re considering quitting smoking, and that’s a great first step. Next, you’ll want to seek out resources to help you quit for good. If you are a senior you may remember the anti smoking commercial called “Like Father, Like Son” which first aired in 1967 and ran until 1982. If you don’t remember the original PSA we have provided the video to trigger your memory.
It’s never too late to quit smoking and it is one of the surest ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, chronic lung disease and other cancers. Quitting smoking will also help you to live longer and healthier life.
When you quit smoking means:
- Saving money and cigarette cravings won’t rule your life.
- Breathing better and coughing less
- You will have whiter teeth and fresher breath
- You will have a better sense of smell and taste
- Setting a good example for the rest of your loved ones, especially if you have grandchildren
The more resources you have in place upfront, the more likely you are to quit and stay quit.
- Get ready to quit, set your goals and look forward to the rewards
- Get counseling or support groups
- Know your smoking triggers and make a plan for how you will deal with each situation
- Change your daily routine
- And if you slip, don’t give up!
In the past, private health insurances have been able to offer more assistance for seniors to quit smoking than Medicare has, but that is no longer the case. Medicare Part B now covers counseling as a preventive service to seniors to stop smoking and using tobacco products.
- Eight counseling visits over a 12-month period by a qualified doctor or Medicare recognized practitioner for individuals with no signs of tobacco- related disease.
- All Medicare beneficiaries
What’s the cost?
- For individuals with no signs of tobacco- related diseases: Tobacco use cessation counseling is now a covered preventive service by Medicare Part B and you pay nothing for the visits.
- For individuals who are diagnosed with a tobacco related illness or take a medicine that is affected by tobacco use: Medicare covers up to 8 counseling visits in a 12-month period of time and you pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount and the Part B deductible applies. Hospital copayment also applies in an outpatient setting.
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