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Smoking and Sex Ok for the Elderly, Mds Say

Smoking, which may be harmful to the young and middle-aged, does not seem to pose any danger to the health of elderly people, according to a paper presented by Dr, Carl C. Seltzer of the Harvard School of Public Health to 1600 delegates attending the International Gerontology Congress here, The delegates, representing 30 countries, also heard papers attesting to the fact that sexual activity need not be abandoned by men in their late 60s and 70s. According to Dr. Eric Pfeiffer of Duke University, 76 percent of males between ages 66-71 were sexually active. Dr. Alex M. Finkle, of the University of California Medical School observed that “what killed a lot of sexual activity among elderly persons was the mistaken belief that they should quit.”

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