Smoking slows the body’s natural healing process and increases the risk of infection but did you know that smoking is also linked to chronic pain? Research has found that lighting up leads to higher rates of osteoporosis, lumbar disc disease and decreases the ability to repair damaged bones and cartilage, especially after surgery. If you are a smoker and chronic pain sufferer it may be time to consider a lifestyle change. Here in New York there are plenty of programs and assistance available to those looking to kick their habit for good. https://www.nysmokefree.com/ is a great resource for those starting their journey to a smoke free lifestyle.