Are you a smoker?
Yes - 56.0%
No - 40.0%
Only ocassionally - 4.0%

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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm just curious to know how many members smoke cigarettes? I read somewhere that a large number of people with CD are smokers and that made me curious. I am a smoker and wondered how many other CD sufferers are? Thanks!
Marci C.
38 years old, dx with Crohn's disease March 2007, currently on Humira, Entocort and hydrocodone (for pain), and Effexor

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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello, my answer is for my I voted.



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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Ex-smoker. 6 months now. I highly recommend Chantix.

I decided I don't want to continue getting sick and having surgeries and if there's a chance stopping smoking will help me, I'm doing it. I smoked for many, many years and was in complete denial about how it affected my health and specifically my CD. My newest GI didn't stop pushing me to quit, and I'm grateful. He explained that I had a much lower chance of remission while smoking and of course it's really detrimental to healing.

My husband quit with me, which really helped, but he recently started again. He's not allowed to smoke at the house (inside or out) and never in front of me. This is my life on the line. I'm determined not to start again, I won't even have "just one" because I know I'll start again.

Sorry, off my soap box. I hope I can stay off the evil casket nails.
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to smoke. Quit 3 years ago. Then I get Crohn's. Go figure!!!
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 10/11/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I smoke...about half a pack a day....sometimes more depending on my level of boredom or anxiety.

My doctor keeps telling me to quit. When I had my first flare from hell I was so freaked there was no way I was going to quit at that time. My anxiety was off the charts and drugs didn't cut it for me. My only solace (in my little mind) was smoking. Nobody has to tell me it isn't good for me. All smokers know that it isn't. I figure I'll quit one of these days...or not. If my ciggies don't kill me, something else will.

Besides.....I really, really enjoy smoking. If I light up and am not enjoying the current smoke, I just put it out and light up later. They don't always taste good to me. So I only smoke when they do. And when I'm feeling really lousy I hardly smoke at all. I just don't want them when I feel so gross...but I keep trying. How's that for a die hard addict?


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   Posted 10/11/2007 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
According to research a high majority of smokers do have crohns and smoking is suppose to be a known trigger for crohns, especially affecting the small intestines...smoking for UC is suppose to be a benefit because the carbon monoxide in the nicotine is suppose to have an anti-inflammatory affect and smoking is not a known trigger for UC, many people who quit smoking is what often then triggers them getting UC, for CDers it's suppose to be the opposite, while smoking many end up getting CD.

Although nothings written in stone, I quit smoking for 3 yrs and it made my CD worse, then again my CD mainly affects my colon (crohns-colitis) where UC typically hangs out.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 10/11/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Non-smoker for one week now!

I have so much more energy now!!

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   Posted 10/11/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
i smoke, a quarter pack to a half pack a day and i know what its doing to my health but for some reason i cant get even half an urge to stop. it eases my anxiety but i know i do it more than that becasue i smoke when im not anxious. i know ill stop at some point, i just dont know when that will be.
Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 (Thats Right, Merry Christmas to me!)
Probable MS
Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking remicade, protonix and evil prednisone for my CD. am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BD med. and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes.
"We are all worms but I do believe i am a Gloworm"
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   Posted 10/11/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
eek, im a smoker as well, my doc said i will have to quit soon, but im not in a rush with all these new drugs and things im going through, when im ready to move to that step i will.....
I'm cute. Let's put me in charge.(happy bunny)
 anemia, b12 deficiancy, and malobsorption, moderate joint pain,severe weight loss, gastritis
 started on asacol 400mg 3x a day
 diagnosed with a CT scan

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   Posted 10/11/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a smoker...I am choosing a date to quit smoking and try the champis(chantix in the us)
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg 3    . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergic reaction  can no longer take it .  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidone and lemotrogine.

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   Posted 10/11/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
smoking for over 20 years
38 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
med. : 100mg imuran ,remicade Dec.06 every 6 weeks
 arthritis in fingers and knees

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   Posted 10/11/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to smoke a pack or a little over every day. I have bad nerves so I haven't found it in me to quit yet, but since I got sick I have cut down to a half pack per day. Some day soon I want to quit I know how bad it is affecting my health and my children's as well.

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   Posted 10/11/2007 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't smoke around my kids, especially since finding out the smoking including second hand smoke is a trigger for crohns and if one parent has IBD there is a -10 to -15 fold increased risk of their offspring also getting IBD.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 10/12/2007 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Smoker here also...... 1/2 pack a day.  Julie

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)

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   Posted 10/12/2007 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Im a smoker too, about 10 a day, and always smoke outside.
I have given up several times and each time I always had a flare up with the Crohn's. It was always when I was admitted to hospital I started smoking again........pleading with my family to bring me some ciggies before I went completely crazy!!!!!!!!!!!

I gave up again since my ileo surgery, but I started again, dont know what triggered the cravings as I was doing really well. Anyhoo Im giving it another go, got my Nicorette patches (maybe I should stick them over my mouth, might do the trick!!!!!!!!!!! lol)

There are other things I would rather spend my hard earned cash on, ie, saving up to go to New York next year, so Im determined to do it........ :-)

Diane xxx
Diagnosed Crohn's 1994, panproctocolectomy with ileo Feb 2006.

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   Posted 10/12/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am proud to say I am a ex-smoker. January 1st will be my 8th anniversary. I was one of those Crohnies who really liked smoking, but I discovered I was starting to flare alot, and heard that smoking could be the cause, so I quit. I agree with PB4 though, because I have had more problems with my Crohns since I quit, but I am not about to start again. I smoked for 29 years, about a pack to pack and a half a day, and the hell I went thru trying to quit, I do not want to repeat. Good luck to those who are trying to quit.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 10/12/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Ex smoker since august of 2001. Have had a couple puffs since then and was very alarmed at how easy they were to take and so refuse to even have the occasional for fear of starting back up.
Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior
Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006
GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05
Currently on 100mg 6mp-50 mg,  and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien, predsnisone, humira 

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   Posted 10/12/2007 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting poll results so far, 60% of people who voted are smokers. Keep voting everyone, the poll is up for a few more days!
Marci C.
38 years old, dx with Crohn's disease March 2007, currently on Humira, Entocort and hydrocodone (for pain), and Effexor

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   Posted 10/12/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been smoking for 43 years.
58 yr old female
Dx with Crohn's-Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Aciphex

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   Posted 10/12/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoked for 30years but proud to say it will be 2 years on january 3rd since i gave up and have found that my crohns hasnt really improved but my general health has. I used to cough really badly and short of breath etc but none of that anymore and feel so much better for that at least. I used the patches to give up but they dont work unless u really want to stop and i dont judge anyone for still smoking i know how hard it is to give up and i must admitt i did used to enjoy a cig at times.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoked for 10 years (from 13 to 23 years old), but I quit 7 years ago. My doctor told me that quitting may have been the one thing I did that could have contributed to the onset of my IBD, but I think that's because he is now wondering if I have UC. My previous doctor told me that I had Crohn's colitis, but I guess my case is ambiguous. So, if I have Crohn's, then it was good that I quit, but if I have UC, then apparently I should have kept smoking. I guess the smoking would have helped my GI symptoms, but led to a billion other health problems.
Female, 30. Diagnosed August 2007 with Crohn's Colitis, but diagnosis is not complete, yet. Asacol 400 mg 12 x day. Canasa, Cortifoam, Prednisone 15 mg (tapering). Orthotricyclin Lo, Calcium, Trinity (probiotics), and multivitamin.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
No way. I have enough problems without adding that. I did grow up around a lot of second hand smoke though, thanks to my father and Grandma. Not sure if that helped play a role in my Crohn's or not though.

Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been smoking for about 25 years but am waiting for my Chantix to arrive. Hubby used it and quit last April. I tried it then, but got nauseous and had to stop it. I'm hoping this time around will be better because the Humira has really gotten my gut under control.

I could never understand the occasional smoker. Having been addicted to cigarettes for so long, it boggles my mind that someone would smoke only occasionally. If you don't NEED it, why do it? I'd love to be able to just not smoke, even if it was only for a few days at a time.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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   Posted 10/14/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
i smoke too, about a pack a day.  my doctor's have also told me to quit but i doubt that is going to happen.  I like smoking (though if i didn't i prob. wouldn't do it) and it definetly keeps my stress down.  I suppose that is why people that quit have more crohn's problems due to the stress of quitting.  They say that stress doesn't trigger flare ups but in my experience it sure has made my crohn's worse and i know if i quit my crohn's would prob. be a wreck.  Though i do agree it's stinky and kinda gross but i love them anyways
26 years old
dx with crohn's at 23
Surgery for fistulas in 2006 and 2007

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   Posted 10/14/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   

It may be worth it to get an Rx for Zofran or Companzine to fight the nausea. I have to take an iron supplement now, and I started taking it with an anti-nausea medication to be safe. Quitting would be worth it in the long run. Good luck to you.

Oh, and I envy the occasional smoker, stupid I know, but it would be nice to have 1 or 2 cigarettes on certain occasions, but I know I wouldn't stop.
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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