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Smoking and Thyroid Disease

Cigarette smoke contains chemicals that are thought to influence thyroid function, leading to abnormalities of the thyroid gland. Smokers face an increased risk of Graves' disease, and other thyroid-related problems. The longer a person has smoked, the greater the risk for thyroid disease.

Smoking and Graves' Disease - A Personal Account
From Ronnie: "Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Graves disease. When I was diagnosed , the physicians told me to quit smoking so that my eyes would not get worse."

Your Thyroid Up in Smoke
From About.com Guide to Thyroid Disease, Mary Shomon: "Studies show that smokers are more likely to have thyroid enlargement, and it is possible that mild thyroid enlargement in smokers could be a sign of subtle thyroid disturbance."

Cigarette Smoking Linked to Overactive Thyroid
From About.com Guide to Thyroid Disease, Mary Shoman: "According to researched published, women who smoke have double the risk of developing hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease. Cigarette smoking should, therefore, now be considered a major risk factor for Graves' disease."

The Relationship Between Smoking and Thyroid Disease
From About.com Guide to Thyroid Disease, Mary Shomon: "The most dramatic effect of smoking on the thyroid is its association with Graves' hyperthyroidism, and especially with Graves' ophthalmopathy."

About.com Thyroid Disease
Mary Shomon, Guide to the Thyroid Disease site here at About.com provides practical help and information on a variety of issues concerning thyroid disease.

How I Quit Smoking by Mary Shomon
About.com Guide to Thyroid Disease, Mary Shomon shares her quit smoking story: "All those years of smoking, I didn't realize that smoking can actually trigger or worsen thyroid problems. Just a short time after I quit, I was diagnosed as hypothyroid."

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