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Throw Out Your Pack: Help Your Back
Date:11/17/2008

In honor of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout (GASO), the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN) is distributing a complimentary back pain brochure with smoking-cessation tips. The brochure is available as a download from its website.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 17, 2008 -- Smoking causes a host of medical problems. Most people know that smoking cigarettes contributes to lung cancer and emphysema, but lesser-known is the causal connection to back pain and spine problems. Recent studies and observations from leading neurosurgeons in Chicago concluded that smoking does play a role in spinal issues. Now there is one more reason to cast away cigarettes.

Physicians at the Chicago Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN) are encouraging Americans to "kick the habit" during the Nov. 20 Great American Smokeout, a national non-smoking day sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Throughout this month, CINN will offer a complimentary booklet for back pain sufferers with tips for "kicking the habit."

Recent studies show smokers and former smokers are more likely to have back problems and suffer from chronic back pain than non-smokers. In a study published in the July 2008 "Deutsches Arzteblatt International," it was determined that smokers and former smokers experienced chronic back problems more frequently than non-smokers. Physicians attribute it to the nicotine, which restricts the flow of blood to the discs that cushion the spine.

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