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Is there a link between smoking and heartburn?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Yes.  There is a link between smoking and heartburn for several reasons.   
1. Smoking causes inflammation in your esophagus which leads to heartburn, or can lead to heartburn.
2. Smoking increases your risk of cancer of the esophagus, often a first sign of this is heartburn.
3.  Smoking increases acid production in your stomach.
4.  Smoking increases arterial constriction, or inflammation in your blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease, or arterial disease of the heart, which leads to pain like heartburn.

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