... recommend that we stop smoking when we have medical issues concerning the thyroid?
Yes, I suggest you stop smoking.
Tobacco smoke contains cyanide, which is converted to thiocyanate, and which adversely acts as an anti-thyroid agent, inhibiting iodide uptake and hormone synthesis. The enlargement of the thyroid can occur due to smoking, which is a clue that the thyroid is negatively affected.
You might also find it interesting that a recent doctor said that thyroid conditions are linked with autoimmune diseases and cancer. Smoking sounds like an invitation for cancer. I hope this person gets a chest X-ray and is being screened for cancer in general. My mom refused to be screened or stop smoking and she died of bile duct cancer. She lay there telling us it wasn't the cigarettes after all. The Oncologist said she had lung cancer and the bile duct was secondary. It was causing the worse trouble. She couldn't hear that. Stay safe with the secondary smoke and be sure you are checked as well. Sorry for the news. Stay well.
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