Smoking and IBS - Does Smoking Make IBS Worse? Is Tobacco an IBS Trigger?
Yep - just like alcohol and caffeine, tobacco is a drug that hits extra hard if you have IBS.
Tobacco - whether smoked or chewed - is a powerful GI tract stimulant, irritant, and carcinogen.
Tobacco irritates the intestinal lining, causing diarrhea, cramps, bloating, and gas.
Nicotine can also cause nausea and stomach cramps.
Smoking decreases the efficiency of food digestion, causing altered bowel movements.
Nicotine withdrawal can cause both constipation AND diarrhea.
Extra air swallowed during smoking can cause belching, bloating, and gas.
Nutshell?Tobacco is one of the worst triggers for ALL IBS symptoms.
Tobacco also has harmful physical effects on virtually the entire GI tract.
Smoking causes heartburn and reflux, two conditions folks with IBS are already prone to.
Smoking doubles your chance of developing a peptic ulcer.
Smoking is thought to increase the risk of Crohn's disease, and lead to gallstones.
Nicotine - a poison - weakens the lower esophageal sphincter.
Cigarette smoke has over 400 toxins and 43 carcinogens, all of which can affect your GI tract.
Insult & Injury: Tobacco increases the risk of all cancers of the digestive tract.
Tip Takeaway: The GI side effects of tobacco are immediate and violent. Smoking triggers every possible IBS symptom: pain, spasms, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, nausea. If you needed yet another reason to quit smoking, you've got one.