Smoking Hurts Your Back
Numerous studies show a link between cigarette smoking and back pain. Smoking damages
your arteries, and it’s thought that the damaged arteries in the discs and joints
in your back may lead to pain and injury. Smoking increases your risk for osteoporosis,
a bone-thinning disease that can lead to back pain. Smoking also increases your risk
of hip fracture as you get older. Fractures can take longer to heal due to nicotine's
harmful effects on bone-forming cells.
Quitting smoking takes effort, but you may find it easier if you ask yourself the
Do I have a quit day? A key step in quitting is selecting the day that you will stop smoking. Mark this
day on your calendar and make a commitment to quit on that day.
Have I prepared my environment? Throw away all the cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters in your house. Ask people not
to smoke in your home. Avoid places where other smokers gather, such as outside your
How will I deal with smoking triggers? Identify the things that trigger you to smoke. Then come up with a list of things
you can do to deal with your smoking triggers. Ask friends who have quit smoking for
How will I handle withdrawal? You may want to consider nicotine-replacement therapy. Nicotine medicines contain
smaller, safer amounts of nicotine and none of the other harmful chemicals found in
cigarettes. Talk with your healthcare provider about what medicine may be right for
Do I have a plan for lapses? It’s common for many people to relapse, particularly during the first 3 months after
quitting smoking. Before you quit, make a plan to handle lapses, including seeking
support from friends, family and healthcare providers.
No matter how long you’ve been smoking, you can quit for good.
Learn more at BeTobaccoFree.gov or Smokefree.gov.