So we've talked, somewhat extensively about obesity and back pain. It's still New Year's time, so let's now turn our attention to smoking and back pain.
I know that you know you shouldn't smoke. That it leads to lung cancer. That it's a major risk factor for heart disease. But I also want you to know that it can increase your pain levels and damage your spine. If you think I'm applying a psychological technique to get you to be motivated to quick - I am, It's called the health belief model, which is about weighing the barriers to quitting with the benefits (i.e. avoid these big, bad diseases) of doing the same.
Here is a spine related laundry list of why you should not smoke: Health Risks - to Your Spine - Of Smoking
And here is a run down on the ways in which smoking causes damage to your spinal structures. How Smoking Damages Your Spine.