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.
Last Revised: January 4, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
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