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I know that this may sound weird, but does anyone know if Cigarettes are gluten-free. I dont smoke or anything but my boyfriends parents do and anytime I go over his house I start to feel really sick and I dont know if it is becaue they are not gluten-free or if it is just because I am not used to it.

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My boss smokes... I have never had a gluten reaction to it. It makes me ill sometimes, but that is totally not gluten related!! I would guess that they are not 100% gluten-free with their cooking methods, etc.

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Some people are just sensitive to smoke. I know when I am around a lot of smoke I get coughing attacks and burning eyes but it is not a gluten related reaction. I've never actually checked to see if they are in fact gluten free because my family doesn't smoke and neither do I...I would guess they are but I'm not sure.

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I remember reading that some are and some aren't...I can't tell you which ones cause I've never smoked and nobody in my family does. I sometimes get nauseous from cigarette smoke when I'm around it for any length of time, but it's not celiac-related.

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I just e-mailed Philip Morris, so we will find out! Never thought about it before.

I don't smoke ~ nor does anyone in my family or extended family. BUT, I am around it every day at work. Hmmm...

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Hmm...it'll be interesting to read their reply......I don't think anyone mentions calling or e-mailing a company about cigarettes in any of the threads I posted.

Another thing, though--some people work in bakeries (not gluten-free) and are okay from inhaling it, so even if they aren't gluten-free, try not to be too concerned--I guess it could cause a reaction, but inhaling gluten doesn't necessarily, the way eating it would.

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I've always wondered about inhaling gluten and if that causes reactions. I mean you hear things about people with severe peanut butter allergies where if someone even opens a jar of peanut butter and they smell it then they get a reaction so I'm not sure how the whole inhaling thing works with celiac. I know that some people work at bakeries with no problem but I imagine some people do react to inhaling it but I'm not sure. Interesting topic here :D I'm interested to know what the company will say too.

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With celiac, though, the gluten has to get to your small intestine to cause a reaction...if you baked with wheat flour often and inhaled a lot of it, or crumbs of gluten-containing bread or something that got digested, then it would cause a reaction. Otherwise, it wouldn't--which is why it doesn't matter if you touch (unless you have dh) or smell gluten

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I know smelling gluten wouldnt cause a reaction unless it got into your system. I know I have a friend who had to quit her job working at a bakery because the flour she was working with was causing her a reaction(she has dh). I think alot of people who work around that stuff wear masks which would probably help to prevent the flour from getting into their systems.

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Some Celiacs can be very sensitive topically. My aunt can have reactions from getting crumbs under her feet or just touching bread. However; a lot of people don't react from simply touching gluten items but it can be absorbed through the skin.

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Right--that would be dh (dermatitis herpetiformis), which I mentioned in my last post:

Otherwise, it wouldn't--which is why it doesn't matter if you touch (unless you have dh) or smell gluten

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Gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin. It is physically impossible. Crumbs on your feet or hands might cause some sort of allergic reaction but the gluten molecules are just flat out too large to move through your skin's protective barrier. And, no, medication patches are not proof that we can absorb gluten. Those patches and medications are specifically engineered so that we can absorb them.

People who get a reaction from smelling something like peanut butter are having an allergic reaction, not an autoimmune one. However, if you worked somewhere like a bakery and flour you breathed in coated your throat and you swallowed, gluten could definitely get in that way. It would be no different than accidentally swallowing a little shampoo.

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Richard, your reply confuses me. I know I don't react topically but I know my aunt does react from stepping on crumbs and has to wear gloves while working with gluten. Can you explain to me why that would be an allergic reaction instead of auto-immune? And as for as arguing for a topical reaction, couldn't gluten get into your system through your nose, mouth, eyes or cuts? It would seem logically possible to me.

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Auto immune is when your body attacks itself, and you will never be able to cure it, but with an allergic reaction, you can reverse the affects of it. like my little sister has a peanut allergy and if she steps on the peanuts she reacts to them, but if I were to step on bread or touch bread I dont get an allergic reaction, but if I were to eat them, my body would start attacking itself. Hope that helped

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Also, if it gets in your mouth or into your body through your nose, it's no longer topical. You breathe it in or it gets in your mouth, it gets swallowed with other food or your saliva, and it gets through your digestive system to the small intestine......and the reaction takes place. It won't have a reaction on the skin, though, unless you have Dermatitis Herpetiformis (which is associated with celiac disease) or have an allergic reaction to it, which is different because for celiac, the problematic substance has to get to your small intestine, whereas with an allergy, you can have a reaction if it touches your skin, gets into your mouth, or anything--it doesn't need to reach any specific location as with gluten in celiac disease.

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I react to gluten on my skin, I don't have DH, and I technically don't have Celiac. I had a skin test for wheat which was neg and also the IGE test was neg. If my shampoo has wheat then my scalp itches.If I use makeup that contains gluten then my eyes get red, gritty and brain fog occurs. I know gluten molecules are to large to be absorbed but these reactions occur immediately they don't get near my mouth. I think there is something else going on here and we don't have all the answers. I try to avoid gluten in any form internal or external.

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<_< i have always been allergic to smoke--well, i suppose i have always been gluten intolerant too, i was sick for yrs and yrs, but i knew i was allergic to smoke---my eyes swell, my nose starts running and then my eyes, and i get a terrible headache--no one smokes around me, was never allowed to smoke in my house--i have 5 kids and only 1 smoked and has quit and 1 daughter in law smokes, but never around any of us--always outside----deb

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Hi Deb,

I can so relate. I hate smoke. My husband stopped smoking for me. And when I was a little kid I always had problems with smelling some parfumes, too. I remember my mother always put one on and I felt gaggy afterwards. Somebody once told me, that cigarettes can be parfumed and it's the same reaction as to the actual parfume. I don't know. Either way, I can't have some parfumes and I'm allergic to smoke, too.

Hugs, Stef

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I think that inhaling gluten can cause you to have a reaction. I know that when I inhale flour I get a sore throat. I read somewhere that you have villi in the back of your throat and villi is what reacts to gluten.

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ErraticBinxie-this is from celiac3270's post previousy

Also, if it gets in your mouth or into your body through your nose, it's no longer topical. You breathe it in or it gets in your mouth, it gets swallowed with other food or your saliva, and it gets through your digestive system to the small intestine......and the reaction takes place

ErraticBinxie-The villi is in your small intestine and that helps put nutrients into your bloos stream and that it what is damaged.

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I just e-mailed Philip Morris, so we will find out! Never thought about it before.

I don't smoke ~ nor does anyone in my family or extended family. BUT, I am around it every day at work. Hmmm...

Kimberly,

Did Philip Morris ever respond?

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I think that inhaling gluten can cause you to have a reaction. I know that when I inhale flour I get a sore throat. I read somewhere that you have villi in the back of your throat and villi is what reacts to gluten.

Nope...not in the back of your throat. Only in the intestines. And like Kaiti quoted, theoretically, gluten wouldn't cause damage if it got in your nose or mouth...it's just that if it gets in your mouth, it's nearly inevitable that some will get down your throat, through stomach, etc. until reaching the small intestines and causing damage.

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