Gerd and chewing tobacco

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 12/6/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you think If I quit using my camel snuss (a form of chewing tobacco), that my GERD could improve?
Or is this just a bunch of talk?
Has anyone one on here who has-had GERD issue and smoked or chewed quit, and actually seen a difference.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to smoke a lot, only smoke once in a great while now and I can totally tell the difference when I do smoke. It makes my throat swell, chest hurts, I can feel the acid start coming up. I don't know other people's experience but in my case, it makes it way worse.

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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there, hello,
When you eat, a muscular ring between the end of the esophagus and the entrance to the stomach -- called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) -- relaxes to let food in. Once it has closed again, the stomach releases acids and enzymes to break down the food.

Usually, these acids stay put in the stomach. But in people with GERD, the sphincter may stay relaxed or relax at the wrong time. This allows stomach contents containing acids and enzymes to wash back up, irritating the tissue of the esophagus.

Experts believe tobacco might worsen heartburn in a number of ways, including impairing the function of the LES, and increasing acidity.

I am sure you will be hearing from other members.

Take care,

Kitt, and no I do not chew.......... smhair

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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit chewing almost 15 years ago and I did notice a huge difference. I could count on severe heartburn every evening and it did lessen after I quit. Besides, it's too dang expensive of a habit!

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