Nutrition for Cigarette Smokers
Cigarette smoking is the cause of many health problems, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and high blood sugar. It may also make it hard for the body to absorb and use nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Chemicals from cigarettes can also cause damage and irritation to blood vessels throughout the body.
Healthy habits may help ease the effects of cigarette smoking. Supplements have also been used to ease some effects.
Nutrition supplements have been tested to see if they ease damage from cigarettes. However, there is not enough data to support nutrition supplements for cigarette smokers. We will review future studies as they are published.
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/10/2020