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 that pain and smoking exacerbate each other, resulting in greater pain and increased smoking.

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Abstract

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.