ACC Answers: How is the pancreas affected by smoking? You ask, we answer.



Hello again! So glad you are here today with me, Dawn, your ever loyal and ever searching A Clean Cigarette blogger. About twice a week I search the internet and other sources in an effort to keep up with everything related to electronic cigarettes. From these searches, I have discovered and shared a wide variety of information from the truth behind TAR to the available research information about electronic cigarettes.  Typically how I decide to write on a topic is pretty random. I just do searches until something looks like a topic the readers of this blog would be interested in. When I find one, I create a blog. Simple. However, from time to time I am asked a specific question by one of our amazing customers.

That is exactly what has happened here. You see the other day I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to interview a customer out of our Alma store location. She gave us a wonderful testimony and then we sat and chatted for a while. It was during this chat that an important question in regards to burning tobacco’s effects on the pancreas came up.  At the time I was unable to answer the question, so me, being me, I HAD to know. So I searched.

That leads me to today’s post.  (This one’s for you Robin!!)

The question:

What does smoking do to the pancreas?

Let’s start this off with, I am no doctor. Under no circumstances should this blog be used to diagnose or treat any illness. If you have any health questions the BEST place to get answers is your doctor of medical representative. I do my best to find accurate and responsible information. If anyone who reads this has something to add or thinks I have misrepresented any of the information PLEASE drop me a line at Input is valued!

What is the pancreas and what does it do for us? 


The pancreas is an organ that is about the size of an adult hand. It is instrumental in the digestive tract via the enzymes it secretes into the small intestine. These enzymes are used to break-down the food we eat. It also helps regulate the body’s glucose level by producing insulin that it secretes into our bloodstream.  Besides diabetes, Pancreatitis and Pancreatic cancer are the most common issues plaguing the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer is considered one of the hardest cancers to treat although the chances are getting better with time and research. According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%.  So not great odds at all.

How does smoking affect it?

Alright, this is where things get interesting. I found a ton of information but most of it was in such a boring format I had a hard time not falling asleep while reading it. Then luckily I came to a site called Pancreapedia. This site is still a medical site, so it’s far from super entertaining, however, they do try to break things down some. If you want to see the site itself go here:

But to break it down for you this page takes a handful of studies from around the world related to smoking and it’s effects on the pancreas and evaluates the evidence to come to this conclusion:

“4. Conclusions

For over four decades studies have demonstrated that cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer. More recently, smoking was found to potentiate alcohol-induced pancreatitis. However, in the last decade, strong evidence confirms an independent effect of smoking in promotion of acute and chronic pancreatitis. However, despite the vast amount of data confirming an association between smoking and pancreatic diseases, data exploring the cellular mechanisms involved are less accepted.  Various well known pro-pancreatitis pathways (e.g. NF-kB) and pro-cancer pathways (e.g. Akt kinase) are shown to be up-regulated in pancreatic cells. More comprehensive studies need to be performed to determine the detailed mechanism of interaction between these pathways and the receptors stimulated by cigarette smoke compounds. Furthermore, the effect of smoking on cells recruited and activated in the pancreatic tumor microenvironment and during acute and chronic pancreatitis requires further investigation.”

Clear as mud right? Ya, that’s what I thought too. 🙁 Turns out the science in this area is pretty sloppy. They say yes, smoking hurts the pancreas, but they really have no solid evidence on why or what part of smoking causes the issues. More studies need to be done.

The thing is I am really used to seeing this type of verbiage. You know the type that says, ya we think we have proven something, but we need to do more research to be sure. In the electronic cigarette world, that is how every report ends.


Well according to the powers that be it’s because the electronic cigarettes industry is too new to have had the time that is would require to find out how it could affect us.  They say that 10+ years worth of research and studies is just not enough time to be sure how electronic cigarettes will affect our bodies. The very fact that we have to include that verbiage is used to argue that our industry is not able to claim even simple things like being less harmful than burning tobacco.


But we have had hundreds of years to study burning tobacco, and still the verbiage? What? Hundreds of years is not long enough to study a single product? OR is that single product so full of poison, that after hundreds of years of studies, they are JUST getting to the point in research that the electronic cigarette industry has gotten to in just 10+ years? I do not know the answer, but this is definitely food for thought.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope this information was helpful! If you have any questions or concerns drop me a line at If you would like more information regarding A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes, visit our website at Thank you again and have a great day!!






Have questions or thoughts? We want too hear from you! Let's chat.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: