The Surprising Relationship Between Smoking and Ulcerative Colitis
Cigarettes are becoming a thing of the past. Smoking in public has been banned in restaurants and some public places. Many states are considering raising the smoking age to 21 years old, and some already have. It is a public hazard that affects people who don’t even smoke. There are obviously no health benefits to smoking; how could there be? Scientists believe there may be an exception. Evidence in past research has shown positive ties between smoking and ulcerative colitis. Scientists think they now understand why this occurs.
The study is causing a big debate as researchers try to answer the question we never thought we’d hear: Are these patients better off if they continue smoking?