If you are seeking pleasure and comfort from smoking, then you must know how it deteriorates your overall health. Long-term usage of nicotine and tobacco can cause of lower back pain, insomnia, reduced blood flow, and damage to major organs of your body. Let’s dive deeper into how it affects your spinal and overall health. 

How does smoking impact spinal health?

Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis by 32% as it lowers bone density and causes a deficiency of vitamin D and E, which later on cause of lower back pain. Following are the side effects of nicotine on spinal health. 

  • Smoking can damage blood arteries and reduce blood flow, which can cause spinal disc degeneration.
  • Nicotine inflames blood vessels and causes increased spinal and body inflammation.
  • Reduces body immunity.
  • Weakens spinal muscles.

Quitting smoking can improve spinal health by improving blood flow, decreasing inflammation, and enhancing the body’s self-healing process. 

How does smoking damage the body?

Nicotine interacts with your brain and releases “dopamine,” a pleasure hormone. It can be addictive, but there are many more harmful effects as well.

Smoking inhibits the delivery of oxygen and causes damage to major organs. The discs in your spine are susceptible to oxygen deprivation, and it can lead to chronic lower back pain.

The toxic chemicals of cigarettes and vaping, including nicotine and carbon monoxide, disturb the body’s natural healing process, making it more difficult to heal from injuries on their own and leading to various severe health conditions such as cancer, respiratory problems, lung diseases, and spinal problems. 

Smoking increases pain sensitivity.

Many studies have shown that smoking increases pain sensitivity as it lowers the body’s immunity and self-healing process. Smokers have less patience to tolerate pain. It causes insomnia and sleep deprivation, which worsens the pain symptoms. Along with other health problems, it causes chronic back pain and depression.  


Smoking has harmful impacts on your spinal health as well as your overall well-being. It not only increases the risk of osteoporosis and spinal disc degeneration but also heightens pain sensitivity, disrupts the body’s natural healing processes, and leads to chronic lower back pain.

Quitting smoking can significantly improve blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and enhance the body’s healing ability. Prioritizing your health and quitting smoking are crucial steps toward a healthier and pain-free life.

How can KKT help you?

If you are experiencing chronic lower back pain, we can help. Our noninvasive treatment relieves compression on nerves and reactivates the body’s self-healing process. This procedure gives long-lasting relief from chronic lower back pain without medications.

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