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We all know that smoking is detrimental to our health. With smoking, we usually think of increased risks for various types of cancers and lung disease. Did you know that smoking has also been associated with pain?

In the September 2020 journal Pain Medicine, the authors looked at survey information from a total of 2301 subjects from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. 

Pain reports were in categories defined as head, spine, trunk and limb pain. 

Results:

They found that smoking is most strongly associated with spine pain. This was followed by headache, then trunk pain and lastly limb pain.  

Take Away:

Smoking is associated with pain in all regions of the body. If you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking, maybe this information can be used as additional motivation on your journey. 

 

Reference:

Smuck M, Schneider BJ, Ehsanian R, Martin E, Kao MJ. Smoking Is Associated with Pain in All Body Regions, with Greatest Influence on Spinal Pain. Pain Med. 2020 Sep 1;21(9):1759-1768. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz224. PMID: 31578562.

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