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Health Effects of Smoking on the Stomach

Your stomach is a muscular sac between the esophagus and small intestine. Walls of the stomach are lined with three layers of powerful muscles that grind food and mix it with gastric juices, liquefying it before passing it into your small intestine. One of these juices, hydrochloric acid, is so strong it can dissolve iron nails. The stomach's delicate tissues are protected from this powerful acid by a thick coating on the stomach lining.

The Health Effects of Smoking on the Stomach

Smoking causes stomach cancer. In 2003, there were an estimated 22,400 new cases of stomach cancer in the United States, and an estimated 12,100 deaths.

Smokers are more likely to have peptic ulcers than nonsmokers.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Smokers who quit completely may lower their risk of getting a peptic ulcer.

Smokers who quit completely may lower their risk of getting a peptic ulcer.

Source: Surgeon General's 2004 Report

Health Effects of Smoking on the Body

What Smoking Does to the Brain - Smoking has physical and psychological effects on the brain.

Smoking Affects the Eyes - Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts.

Mouth, Throat Larynx, Esophagus - Are all effected by smoking and secondhand smoke.

Smoking Damages the Lungs - Smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.

Smoking Damages the Heart - Smoking damages the heart and weakens the blood vessels.

How Smoking Affects the Stomach - Smoking causes stomach cancer.

Smoking and the Kidneys - Smoking also causes kidney cancer.

Smoking Damages your Bladder - Smoking is also cause cancer of the bladder.

Smoking and the Pancreas - Smoking causes pancreatic cancer.

Smoking and Pregnancy - Smoking harms both the mother and the unborn child.
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