Cigarette smoke and Crohn’s disease

Experiments in laboratory animals demonstrated that both active and passive exposure to cigarette smoke damages colon tissue, possibly increasing the risk of developing Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease patients who smoke are known to require higher doses of immunosuppressive medications, and have more relapses of their disease. (Gastroenterology 117:877-883, 1999)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

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