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It's unclear why older people who try to quit have better luck than younger smokers.
Some experts think it's because older smokers are more motivated, perhaps from having seen a loved one die of cancer or heart disease, or by recognizing how the cigarette habit has left its mark in their own bodies, anything from wrinklier skin to shortness of breath.
Straube has his own theory: "They're under less stress," he said. "They are not working anymore, and they have more time."
Medicare's new smoking cessation benefit will also be available to younger people who are covered by the program because of a disability. About 1 million of them are smokers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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