I quit smoking six years ago cold turkey (1 1/2 packs a day minimum). Within a month, I had my first flare. But, I would not consider smoking again to help relieve UC symptoms. I know that lung cancer is not the only bad thing that can happen to a smoker. There's emphysema, heart disease, premature aging and smelling like an ashtray every where you go. My children don't want to breathe it, either. My ex-husband had lung cancer when he was 35 and had never smoked. (I didn't smoke when married to him so I don't think it was second-hand smoke.) He also had melanoma and was not a sun worshiper. I do believe greatly in genetic predisposition, but I don't want to test it. My paternal grandmother lived to 96 and my maternal grandmother is still kicking at 97 and her mind is also sharp. Neither smoked. I'm just saying.....
Sorry, Tabitha - didn't see your post.
Age/Sex: 50 & female
Diagnosed: 2005 pancolitis
Medications: 800 mg. Asacol twice a day - in remission; Two 1200 mg. fish oil supplement nightly,
1 Dulcolax stool softener nightly, Effexor-XR 150 mg. daily