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Study: Smokers more likely to have back pain

January 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A new study shows that smokers are more likely to suffer from lower back pain.

A new Finnish study says smoking does not cause back pain, but the data suggests a link between the two.

Researchers found the association was strongest in adolescent smokers and smokers who suffer from chronic or disabling lower back pain.

Possible reasons for a link between back pain and smoking include reduced blood supply to the spine and an increased risk of osteoporosis.