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Many adults will visit a physician for back pain at some point in their lives. But a new study finds that quitting smoking could be a smart choice to ease discomfort. 

A new US study shows that smokers who stamped out their nicotine habit also reduced back pain. ©Sebastjan Medved/shutterstock.com

When it comes to back pain, or pain in general, smoking isn't a good ally, with prior research associating smoking with increased risks for back pain. In a new study, researchers found that patients who suffered from spinal disorders and back pain and who smoked reported greater intensity of pain than nonsmokers. But smokers who stopped smoking reported reduced pain after an eight-month treatment period for back problems, according to the findings.

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