Quitting cuts Crohn’s complications

Quitting smoking when diagnosed with Crohn's disease significantly reduces the chance of developing more advanced disease, research suggests.

A multi-centre Australian study found patients who quit smoking when diagnosed with the inflammatory stage of Crohn's disease were significantly less likely to develop fibrosis or perforations compared with patients who continued to smoke (20% vs 43%).

They were also less likely to develop complicated disease compared with patients who had quit smoking before