Predictors of smoking cessation and relapse in older adults

Am J Public Health. 1992 Sep;82(9):1268-71. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.9.1268.


We examined longitudinal changes in smoking behavior among older adults in three community cohorts of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. Smoking prevalence declined from 15% at baseline to 9% during 6 years of follow-up. Annual smoking cessation and relapse rates were 10% and less than 1%, respectively. Interval diagnosis of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cancer increased subsequent smoking cessation but not relapse. Although smoking cessation around diagnosis is increased, primary prevention could yield greater benefits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology*
  • United States / epidemiology