Pancreatitis risk lowered by quitting smoking: study

The meta-analysis and systematic review of 22 studies found there was an overall 50% increased risk of acute pancreatitis for people who have ever smoked and a 42% and 22% increased risk in current smokers and former smokers, respectively, compared to those who had never smoked.

For chronic pancreatitis, the increased risk was threefold higher for ever-smokers.

The Chinese review also found, in the three studies which examined it, a dose-response relationship, with each increment of 10 cigarettes per day increasing the risk of developing acute pancreatitis by 69%.