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Can smoking cause back problems?

Smoking is among the risk factors for back pain for both adolescents and adults.

Smoking causes a number of problems that may potentially lead to back pain. They are:

  • reduced blood flow to the spinal region, making it more vulnerable to injury.
  • jarring from increased coughing caused by smoking.
  • diminished bone mineral content.
  • upset repair processes, leading to inflammation and back pain.