Published on Mon Aug 30 2021

I smoke to cope with pain: patients' perspectives on the link between cigarette smoking and pain.

Megan Lee, Jennifer Snow, Caroline Quon, Kim Selander, Eric DeRycke, Mark Lawless, Mary Driscoll, Joseph W Ditre, Kristin M Mattocks, William C Becker, Lori A Bastian

For people with chronic pain, cigarette smoking is associated with greater pain intensity and impairment. Researchers have hypothesized a reciprocal relationship in which pain and smoking exacerbate each other, resulting in greater pain and increased smoking. This study aimed to qualitatively examine patient perspectives on this association.

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