Smokers are twice as likely as nonsmokers to develop peptic ulcers. Cigarettes contain nicotine, which may increase the risk of getting an ulcer by:
Smoking slows the healing of your ulcer and makes it more likely that an ulcer will come back.
If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about stop-smoking programs and medicines. These can increase your chances of quitting for good.
For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology|
|Last Revised||January 4, 2012|