I used to smoke but quit 2 years ago and then developed CD afterwards. From what I understand from my GI, smoking is said to be a possible contributing factor to Crohn's and its recurrance in the form of flares. When I first saw my GI, he suspected UC because I told him I had quit smoking and quitting is a potential factor in getting UC. Tests said the opposite. So for me, was quitting a potential contributing cause of my Crohn's or is my body just bass ackwards??
When I did smoke, though, I would go outside for the sake of my wife and kid who do not need any secondhand smoke from me. In my opinion, if your girlfriend really cares about you she would not mind going outside to smoke. In fairness to her, before I quit, I would almost bite my wife's head off when she asked me to quit for it was a very difficult thing to do.
47 years old
Dx 3/07 Moderate Crohn's in terminal ileum-Probably had it for years earlier
Rx Prednisone initially for 8 weeks-40mg/day then tapered down to 0
Currently on Pentasa-2000mg/day