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J Occup Health year 2002 volume 44 number 4 page 207 - 213
Classification Original
Title Low Back Pain and Smoking in a Community Sample in Japan
Author Tetsuya OTANI1, Motoki IWASAKI1, Akiko OHTA2, Masaya KUROIWA1,
SASAZAWA Yosiaki1, Shosuke SUZUKI1 and Shigenobu AOKI3
Organization 1Department of Public Health, Gunma University School of Medicine
2Department of Public Health, Saitama Medical School and
3Gunma University Faculty of Social and Information Studies, Japan
Keywords Low back pain, Smoking, Japan
Correspondence T. Otani, Department of Public Health, Gunma University School of Medicine, 39-22, Showa 3, Maebashi, Gunma 371-8511, Japan
Abstract Low Back Pain and Smoking in a Community Sample in Japan: Tetsuya OTANI, et al. Department of Public Health, Gunma University School of Medicine-A cross-sectional study with a self-administered questionnaire was conducted in order to examine the association between low back pain and smoking. The subjects analyzed were 6,891 adults aged 40-69 yr, who lived in a downtown district in Isesaki City, Gunma, Japan. There was a positive association between cigarette smoking and low back pain in men. The age-adjusted odds ratios of low back pain were 1.32 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.10, 1.57) for 1-20 cigarettes smoked per day and 1.40 (95% CI 1.11, 1.76) for 21 or more. The association had similar strength after adjustment for alcohol consumption, physical exercise, body mass index, non-musculoskeletal disease, education, occupation, and whether living with parents, living with a child or children, or living alone. The multivariate odds ratios for low back pain were 1.29 (95% CI 1.03, 1.62) for 1-20 cigarettes smoked per day and 1.36 (95% CI 1.03, 1.80) for 21 or more. In conclusion, smoking was significantly related to low back pain, even if adjusted for other potential risk factors.