Two pathways often proposed for smoking decreasing vitamin D:
- Smoking decreases Calcium. and Vitamin D is used up in replacing the Calcium
- Smoking injures the body, and vitamin D is used up in repairing the body
See also VitaminDWiki
- Smoking associated with 9 ng less vitamin D age 40-50 – Nov 2014
- COPD becoming suddenly worse is 30X more likely if low vitamin D – Dec 2014
- Smoking increased 2.7X the probability of low vitamin D levels in pregnancy – Sept 2013
- The influence of smoking on vitamin D status and calcium metabolism file
- Japanese women 20X more likely to be vitamin D deficient than men, etc. – Many 2013 6.4X more likely to be deficiency if smoke
- Pancreatic cancer vitamin D smoking and diabetes – Aug 2010
- Smoking while pregnant lowers vitamin D and increases child asthma by 3.6 X – Aug 2011
- Probability of T2 diabetes increased almost 3X with smoking and low vitamin D – Oct 2010
- Darker skin smokers have lower levels of vitamin D – Feb 2015
- Search VitaminDWiki for "VITAMIN C" (SMOKE OR SMOKING) 143 results as of Feb 2015
- Off topic: A smoker costs a company 5816 dollars every year – Aug 2013
- Medicare now pays for just one vitamin D test , but 20 CT scans for smokers – Feb 2015
From the web
- Stop Smoking after fracture to speed up healing - June 2010
- Smoking, dietary calcium and vitamin D deficiency in women: a population-based study -2000
- Smoking and Your Bones PDF file from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Breathing Easier with Vitamin D
- Why Smokers Need More Vitamin D Life Extension Foundation, July 2012
- Vitamin D May Delay Deterioration of Smokers' Lungs: Study Yahoo, July 2012
- Vitamin D Can Help the Lungs of Smokers Slideshow,
Vitamin D reduces depression, weight gain, etc which typically occur when trying to stop smoking. Vitamin D also makes you feel healthier
- Benefits of Vitamin D3 for Smokers SF Gate, probably early 2013
- Smokers are 3X more likely to suffer from chronic back pain
but quitting can ease symptoms, Daily Mail Nov 2014
- Why is smoking more dangerous for the poorest in society? Dr. Grimes blog post Oct 2013
"poor low social class groups have the lowest exposure to the sun and the lowest vitamin D levels"
Vitamin D deficiency in South Europe: effect of smoking and aging
Eugenia Cutillas-Marco1,*, Amparo Fuertes-Prosper2, William B. Grant3, Maria Morales-Suárez-Varela4,5
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine; Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 159–161, June 2012
From conclusion: Smoking was associated with an increased risk of hypovitaminosis D (odds ratio, 1.8; 95% confidence interval, 1.00–3.35).
Many Studies mentioning Smoking and Vitamin D
- Pubmed search for (smoking) AND "vitamin d" in title or abstract got 928 articles Oct 2014
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition December 1999, Volume 53, Number 12, Pages 920-926
Results: Fifty percent were current smokers. Smokers had significantly reduced levels of serum 25OHD (P=0.02), 1,25(OH)2D (P=0.001), and PTH (P<0.001). There was no difference in serum ionized calcium between smokers and non-smokers. We found a negative effect of smoking on serum osteocalcin (P=0.01), while urinary pyridinolines were similar in the two groups. The small differences in lifestyle between the two groups could not explain these findings. Smokers had small but significant reductions in bone mineral density.
Vitamin D deficiency, Smoking, and Lung Function in the Normative Aging Study; 2012
Measurements and Main Results: In the overall cohort, there was no significant effect of vitamin D deficiency on lung function nor on lung function decline.
In both cross-sectional and longitudinal multivariable models there was effect modification by vitamin D status on the association between smoking and lung function.
Cross-sectional analysis revealed lower lung function in current smokers with vitamin D deficiency (FEV1, FVC, and FEV1/FVC, p? 0.0002) and longitudinal analysis showed more rapid rates of decline in FEV1 (p=0.023) per pack-year of smoking in subjects with vitamin D deficiency as compared to subjects who were vitamin D sufficient.
Conclusions: Vitamin D deficiency was associated with lower lung function and more rapid lung function decline in smokers over 20 years in this longitudinal cohort of elderly men. This suggests that vitamin D sufficiency may have a protective effect against the damaging effects of smoking on lung function. Future studies should seek to confirm this finding in the context of smoking and other exposures that affect lung function.
A few more Articles
Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis
Low vitamin D was 1.8 X more likely among smokers – June 2012
Accelerated Lung Function Decline in Smokers: Spotlight on Vitamin D Deficiency 2012
The effect of cigarette smoke exposure on vitamin D level and biochemical parameters of mothers and neonates May 2013
- 9.4 ng smokers, 11 ng non-smokers; smoking also reduced Calcium levels
- PDF is attached at the bottom of this page
Inhibition of vitamin d receptor translocation by cigarette smoking extracts. Nov 2012, full text on-line
- passive smoking increased the risk of still birth by 23% and
- was linked to a 13% increased risk of congenital birth defects.
Smoking (in upper right of chart) is just one of many reasons for lower vitamin D levels
Fact 1 Smoking decreases vitamin D
Fact 2 Low vitamin D is associated with mental illness
Hypothesis: smoking decreases vitamin D, which increases mental illness
- one example above: Low vitamin D was 1.8 X more likely among smokers – June 2012
- People With Mental Illness More Likely to Be Smokers, Study Finds NY Times Feb 2013
40% of men and 34% of women with mental illness smoke.compared with one in five adults without mental illness
Adults with mental illness smoke about a third of all the cigarettes in the United States
Note: Smoking also makes a person vitamin C deficient
Speculation by VitaminDWiki: Would people with adequate level of vitamin D be less likely to start smoking?
Having enough vitamin D might allow a person to quit smoking
1 page: How Does Vitamin D Assist Smoking Cessation?
Vitamin D is said to play a crucial role in the stop smoking process.
It is connected to dwindling rates of many forms of cancer, including lung cancer.
In his book titled: “Quitting Cold: A Guide to Quit Smoking,” Carling Kalicak states that vitamin D is also good for bringing depression and stress to the barest minimum.
These 2 withdrawal symptoms (stress and depression) manifest in the first few days of smoking cessation.
Kalicak further recommends that smokers start consuming vitamin D supplements one to two weeks before dropping off cigarettes.
Why is it beneficial to take vitamin A when quitting smoking?
It is no secret that smoking is disastrous for the lungs.
Studies have suggested that vitamin A helps bolster the minuscule hair-like objects in the lungs known as "cilia."
Cilia play an important role in cleaning and protecting the lungs.
How does vitamin C help for quitting smoking?
Like vitamin A, it is important to take vitamin C when recovering from a smoking addiction because it helps counteract some of the damage that tobacco use does to the body.
However, vitamin C also helps with nicotine cravings. While smoking has been shown to reduce the amount of vitamin C in the body, large doses of the vitamin potentially reduce cravings.
Why is vitamin D beneficial when quitting smoking?
Vitamin D has a wide range of health benefits, including being associated with lower rates of cancer.
This beneficial vitamin has also been proven to have mental health benefits, such as stress reduction.
Anybody who has attempted to quit smoking is able to tell you the importance of reducing stress during the process.
DID YOU KNOW?
Magnesium supplements are sometimes recommended for those trying to quit smoking.
Taking magnesium helps ease anxiety and reduce intense nicotine cravings.
Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds - Feb 2015
New York Times (nothing about vitamin D)
- Previously 500,000 deaths/year from 21 diseases
cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, pancreas, larynx, lung, bladder, kidney, cervix, lip and oral cavity; acute myeloid leukemia; diabetes; heart disease; stroke; atherosclerosis; aortic aneurysm; other artery diseases; chronic lung disease; pneumonia; influenza; and tuberculosis.
- Study added 60,000 deaths/year infection, kidney disease, intestinal disease caused by inadequate blood flow, and heart and lung ailments not previously attributed to tobacco.
- Smokers on average, they die more than a decade before nonsmokers
- Smokers were also six times more likely to die from a rare illness caused by insufficient blood flow to the intestines.
- Study is behind a $20 paywall