View Poll Results: Do you smoke?
Yes I smoke. 65 34.21%
No I don't smoke. 83 43.68%
I used to smoke. 42 22.11%
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05-18-2006, 06:28 PM   #1
Do you smoke?

Would like to know the percentage of you that smoke. As I smoke and found that it deprives your body of vitamain C. And might help contribute to the underlying cause.
05-18-2006, 07:19 PM   #2
I used to smoke when I was younger, but have quit for almost 20 years now. Hope that might help ya!!

05-19-2006, 07:02 AM   #3
Hi Machine head.I used to smoke and give up for the past few years..However ive started and stoped for a week and started again and after this weekend i hope to stop again.Just going cold turkey.

I feel for me smoking definately doesnt help my crohns.
All the best to you.
05-19-2006, 07:28 AM   #4
I have never smoked although when I was young both my parents did.
05-19-2006, 09:12 AM   #5
I dont smoke, but if Jonny doesnt quit, Im going to take it up... its better than second hand right? lol
and I miss inhaling it since Ive been home...
05-19-2006, 09:29 AM   #6
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05-19-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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I tried to quit many times in the past only to pick it back up again.

Then in 1992, I finally quit smoking for good (14 years ago); I haven't picked up a cigarette since. It was one of the best decisions I ever made, but I don't think I could have done it without God's help.

I actually ENJOYED smoking; that was my biggest problem. I knew I should quit, but I needed help with getting rid of my desire for that's what I prayed (that God would take away my desire for it) and that's when I was finally able to quit once and for all

"The only thing worse than being diagnosed with Crohn's disease 25 years ago, was when my daughter got diagnosed with this dreaded disease 4 years ago and having to stand by and watch her suffer with the same things I've dealt with for most of my life and feeling so utterly helpless to do anything about it!"
05-19-2006, 04:55 PM   #8
i smokeŽ ive cut down a lot but i do smoke, on one hand yes it probably doesnt help with the crohns but on the other when im up in pain till 3-4am its something that helps me a lot.
05-20-2006, 11:54 AM   #9
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Thats a big (no) for me.
05-20-2006, 03:54 PM   #10
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I find cigs to be one of the most annoying things around. No offense to those of you who smoke...
I hate the way it smells with a passion.
So no..I dont smoke...cigs.
Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.
05-24-2006, 09:19 PM   #11
no i hate smokeing and never done it yet i sometimes have overwhelming urges to do it
05-28-2006, 09:04 AM   #12
I smoke and i have given up and restarted way too many times, one day i will conquer it!

05-29-2006, 01:28 PM   #13
will be taking it up. see what all the fuss is about.
05-29-2006, 01:56 PM   #14
Never tried it
05-29-2006, 05:57 PM   #15
I tried to quit smoking to please an ex boyfriend back in 1996. As soon as I quit, the gut pain started and sometimes I was passing out from the pain. Doc I had then told me to smoke again, it helped some of the pain go away, but things were never the same again!

It got worse and worse, to the point by 1998 I was on 400 mg of morphine and 1-2 Vic ES every 4 hours to try to get the pain gone. Never completely got it all, but enough where I could function somewhat .. if I used the wheelchair to get pushed around in and didn't try to do anything physical like walking. (Not that I could after dropping to 72 pounds.)

Docs told me I was a drug seeker, a liar or crazy and they could refer me to a nice shrink. I finally moved to Phoenix and tried one more time to get a doc to listen to me. By then I couldn't walk on my own I was so weak and underweight and I had to be carried into his office. He finally ordered a barium gulp, iodine push CT Scan and found my Crohn's.

Will I quit smoking again? NO WAY. I did cut down from 2 packs to 1 1/2 packs after they removed a foot of my small gut. I flared again. Smoking has been proven to help people with Colitis stay in remission. It also helps Crohnies who have a paradoxical reaction to meds, which I do, have lessor flares and pain.

I guess I don't need to go into how the smoking nannies out there have now made it impossible for me to go anywhere or do anything. Smokers are now the new outcasts of society and we are 3rd class citizens. So be it. At least I am able to take less painkiller and not pass out so often from the pain.

Do I miss being able to go outside my home and do things like non smokers? Sure. Will I give up smoking just to make them happy, knowing it will end up with me back in surgery losing more of my guts? No. I'll stay home and use the internet as my way out to the world.

KC .. bite me! (LOL, for those that don't know, KC and I have been online friends for the past 6-7 yrs, so that comment won't offend him.)
06-06-2006, 12:17 PM   #16
Nope never ever put 1 in my mouth
06-06-2006, 12:23 PM   #17
I've been smoking since I was 15 (13 years). I read a study back in, oh, 1998 about smoking's affect/effect (which one?!?!) on CD/UC. It makes CD worse, but actually improves UC. Go figure. Keep in mind, this is a big generalization, and as a disclaimer i must state that everyone's experience will be different. Thank you.
01-28-2007, 05:10 PM   #18
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hello, I smoke have tried many times to quit, haven't managed it yet someday I will
01-29-2007, 10:20 AM   #19
I smoked from the age 0f 12 to 19, quit for 18 months when I had my son in 1993, started again when he was around 6 months old, quit for 7 months when he was about 3 years old, that would have been moving into 1994 and quit again when I became pregnant with my daughter in 2004 and I haven't touched one since. Think I have grown out of smoking now, I definately don't fancy one any more. I also had several lectures from my crohns consultant about how smoking makes your crohns worse and I have to say that in my case, it probably did. I seemed to have constant stomach ache when I smoked that wouldn't go away no matter what I did. Feel much better for stopping just wish the crohns would behave itself now!!

01-29-2007, 11:36 AM   #20
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I started when I was 12 my school friends made me have a drag. I remember the first pack I ever bought was Kool menthol. Smoked for years then I quit for several months. Then I started back up. Smoked through my pregnancy(I think thats why my daughter has asthma because her father smokes too) all that second hand smoke she was inhaling and all the parting we used to do.Back then my CD didnt bother me much. Maybe because I was getting Professional foot massages and taking herbs from the brand name was called Sunshine and the herb was called CLTX. CD never really dampened my social life untill I had the first surgery about 11 yrs ago. then Ive just gone down hill (rolling faster and faster)ever since. Then i tried to quit about 1 year ago (because the price for a pack of smokes is like 8 bucks who can afford that)and have been successfull. I am now SMOKE FREE. I do believe that it does affect CD people. I remember having a smoke first thing in the morning couldnt even finish the smoke without running (not walking) to the tolit. There was many of times that I didnt make it. LOL It is also very bad for your bones too, I also suffer from osteperois (cant spell that) I have to take a pill once a week called actenol. NOw I cant even stand the smell of it. IT lingures into your clothes hair your whole house. Wiping off this yellow stuff called nicotin. I also gained weight when I quit even,food tastes so much better. Everything is better when you quit smoking. No more yellow fingers. I could go on and on but I wont bore you any more.

01-29-2007, 02:46 PM   #21
Hi Everyone ! I was a smoker from 11-26 with short breaks when I was pregnant. As soon as I got pregnant the smell of cigs made me vomit Oddly enough I was never too sick when I was smoking, no meds or hopsital stays ,I always had a "sensative stomach", I would flare during pregnancy (I wasn`t dianosed yet) but being pregnant was the scapegoat or something I ate ect... If I thought it would help I would start again but I can`t afford it & I don`t like to stand outside. I`m from Upstate NY & nobody is allowed to smoke anywhere. My family would be quite angry with me also, we are a smoke free bunch.
01-29-2007, 06:28 PM   #22
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Nope. No way!
Diagnosed Crohn's & Colitis-January 1997.


05-04-2011, 09:02 AM   #23
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I had no idea!!
05-04-2011, 09:03 AM   #24
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I'm kinda surprised at the results of the poll so far. That's alot of people who have/do smoke.
05-04-2011, 09:32 AM   #25
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I have smoked since I was 13 I am 28 and I gave it up for good for my condition,and for my lil boy...I smoked a pack a day ,it was real hard and I feel so much better.
05-08-2011, 04:25 PM   #26
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I smoke and I hate that I smoke. We all know the cons but my Consultant told me I HAVE to give up, promised him I would and i must have given up the fags every Monday for months now, back on them again by the Thursday. Why does it make CD worse?
Dreading seeing the Consultant on Tues and not being off the fags. Tomorrow is Monday so Ill throw them in the bin again.
05-08-2011, 06:16 PM   #27
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Never have, but my father did for 40 years, so I have had second hand smoke for my childhood years.
Surgery Oct 12, 2010

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Started Humira June 22nd, 2011
Increased to weekly injections on November 1st, 2016
Due to the insurance company, Humira ended on January 31, 2017.
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05-09-2011, 12:06 PM   #28
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I smoke like a chimney, but I have UC and am not allowed to quit yet. I think I'm going to go have one now.
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Goodnight Sweet Prince

05-09-2011, 05:59 PM   #29
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I have been smoke free for over 6 weeks now.
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05-09-2011, 06:54 PM   #30
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I smoked as a teenager, quit...then started up again when I was 21. I had a very stressful job, and it helped calm me down(also helped me to void my bowels more completely before work). I really want to quit, but it's hard. I actually enjoy it too. But I know it's not good for people with digestive problems, so I will eventually give it up. I will say one thing, Marlboro has done more for me than any other company on earth. I've won a lot of prizes from their contests which I subsequently sold to pay for medical treatment. They even sent me and a guest on an all-expense-paid trip to their ranch in Montana(plus a check for $750), just to say thanks for being a customer. So it's not like my patronage hasn't been appreciated.

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