Quality CareFind out why Mayo Clinic is the right place for your health care. Make an appointment.
Meet the StaffFind a directory of doctors and departments at all Mayo Clinic campuses. Visit now.
Research and Clinical TrialsSee how Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials advance the science of medicine and improve patient care. Explore now.
Visit Our SchoolsEducators at Mayo Clinic train tomorrow’s leaders to deliver compassionate, high-value, safe patient care. Choose a degree.
Professional ServicesExplore Mayo Clinic’s many resources and see jobs available for medical professionals. Get updates.
Give to Mayo ClinicHelp set a new world standard in care for people everywhere. Give now.
Mayo Clinic offers appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System locations.
Smoking is a risk factor for Crohn's disease. It can also lead to additional health concerns. The long-term health problems caused by smoking cigarettes far outweigh the temporary stress relief tobacco might provide. Even smoking just a few cigarettes a day or smoking only occasionally can cause problems.
People with Crohn's disease have higher rates of tobacco use than the general population. Smokers with Crohn's disease are also more likely to be hospitalized and experience more flare-ups, relapses and complications than do non-smokers who have the condition. For some reason, women with Crohn's disease are more vulnerable to the negative effects of smoking.
Urge your father to quit smoking. Suggest that he speak with his doctor about programs that can help. Also, encourage him to try stress-relieving techniques that don't pose a health risk, including relaxation and breathing exercises such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, resistance training, or low-intensity aerobic exercises such as walking and swimming.
Michael F. Picco, M.D.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from website advertising help support our mission. Mayo Clinic does not endorse non-Mayo products and services.
Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.org," "Mayo Clinic Healthy Living," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.