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Can smoking raise my risk for back pain?

Ronald B. Tolchin, DO
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Smoking can increase your risk for developing back pain. Smoking can damage the blood vessels that supply adequate blood to your spine, minimizing blood flow to the area. In this way, smoking may speed up the natural aging of structures in your spine, such as the discs, causing them to dry out and crack, leading to pain. 

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