November 19, 2023

Why Does Nicotine Make You Poop?

Many smokers have reported that smoking a cigarette can make them feel like they need to go poop, or that they had more frequent bowel movements while they were smokers. However, this is not the case, and is just a myth that has been created.

It’s important to note that nicotine is a stimulant and therefore does act as a laxative, but only because it causes the muscles in your bowels to contract, thus pushing stool along. This is the same effect that coffee has, and is why you might see people pairing their cigarette with a cup of coffee.

The reason you might notice more frequent bowel movements while you’re smoking is because the chemicals in tobacco and nicotine disrupt the natural balance of your gut bacteria, leading to a change in the way your body digests food. You may also experience bloating and soreness in the stomach lining. Some people can develop gastrointestinal issues, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers.

If you’re not able to poop as frequently after you stop smoking, try eating more fiber-rich foods and drinking enough water. You might also need to reduce your stress levels, which can lead to irregular bowel movements. Some ways to lower your stress include meditation, hot baths, and reading.

While quitting smoking does improve your overall health, the digestive system can take time to adjust. It can be a little bit of a rough start when you’re first quitting, but if you stay committed and stick with it, your digestive system will eventually return to its normal state.

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