Hi All, I have read a lot of info here and elsewhere regarding how smoking effects thyroid function. I have smoked for many years. I stopped for a few months three years ago and felt so awful I started again. I realise now that smoking was masking my hypothyroidism.

I was finally diagnosed in July and in the last month have decided to try and stop smoking cigarettes.

I am using a vapouriser and getting on well. Does anybody here have any info or advice re how they may affect thyroid function?

Many thanks


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  • I read somewhere that it's some other substance in cigarettes which affects thyroid and not the nicotine but I can't remember the name of it, sorry

  • Congratulations for taking the step towards being smoke free! I can't offer any insight into the whys and wherefores of smoking and thyroid, but just wanted to say well done.

    I've been vaping for 10 months now and can't imagine ever lighting up a cigarette again, hopefully we are giving our thyroids a better environment to do their thing!


  • Well done to you!

  • Well done, I can imagine the strength it takes to give up cigarettes. I can't comment on the direct effects of vaping on thyroid function but I would guess that there are still a percentage of chemicals that the body has to detox from vaping and any extra toxicity in the body may put extra work on the liver where thyroid hormones are synthesized. So you may not get as much benefit from thyroid medication or the hormones your thyroid naturally produces if you weren't smoking any kind of substance at all. Would you consider weaning off vaping too going forward? :-)

  • Yes in the future, one step at a time!

  • Great, well done. Yes you're right about the one step at a time. I'm learning that one, I'm a bit of a one leap at a time and then wonder why my impatience isn't helping me! ;-)

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