With low back pain affecting 8 in
10 adults, Finnish researchers recently set out to examine existing research and
determine if smoking really was associated with an increase in low back pain.
The researchers reviewed more than 80 studies from around the world conducted
between 1966 and 2009. While they were unable to clearly say that smoking leads
to low back pain, they did find that smokers are at a 31 percent increased risk
for low back pain as compared with nonsmokers. The strongest association with
smoking was with those suffering from chronic and disabling low back pain.
Additionally, researchers found that adolescent smokers were more vulnerable to
the effects of smoking than were adults. If you're a smoker, both we and your back
urge you to quit now!
Source: The American Journal of Medicine, January 2010.