Smoking Linked to Increased Risk of Chronic Back Pain

People who smoke are much more likely to develop chronic back pain than those who do not smoke. These are the findings of a new study by researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Researchers found that people who smoke may be much more likely to develop chronic back pain, as the habit reduces their resilience to it.

This is not the first study to link smoking to chronic pain. But according to the research team, led by Bogdan Petre of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, it is the first study to suggest that smoking interferes with a brain circuit associated with pain, making smokers more prone to chronic back pain.

Smoking linked to increased risk of chronic back pain

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