30-Day Countdown to Quit Smoking

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You’ll have less acid reflux

Smoking makes gastroesophageal reflux disease worse. Smoking can weaken the valve between the stomach and esophagus (so stomach acid flows back into the esophagus); cause fat-digesting bile salts to back up from the small intestine to the stomach; and cut down on saliva, which normally flushes stomach acid out of the esophagus and contains a natural acid-fighter, bicarbonate.