The butt stops here. Smoking reduces blood flow to the lower spine causing the spinal discs to degenerate. It also prevents nutrients to your spine causing discs to become brittle. If you want a healthy spine – No Smoking!
If you’re looking for a reason to quit, here are a few. All parts of the spine are affected by the toxins in cigarettes. Smoking inhibits circulation making it impossible for intervertebral discs to absorb nutrients; accelerates degenerative disc disease by reducing bone density putting the vertebrae at greater risk for developing osteoporosis, facet disease, spinal arthritis and other degenerative spine conditions. Nicotine diminishes collagen levels causing tendons and ligaments to become vulnerable to injury. Cigarette smoke harms your lungs making physical activity difficult resulting in lowered muscle mass. Smoking cessation programs are highly recommended and there is plenty of support to help you kick the habit!