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Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery

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Just another brick to add to the damning wall of of evidence against tobacco.

But here in Japan, not only can the feeble minded govt not put a ban on smoking in public places into effect, they continue to rake in billions as direct owners of a large % of Japan Tobacco.

Insane place for vested interests ruling ramrod over the people.

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Unfortunately for me, there are very few drinking establishments (where I live) that offer a no smoking option. So I have to suffer the filthy habit that many of my friends have, second hand.

Either that or be a dull boy and stay home....no thanks.

It's such a pity as a ban on smoking would not hurt their businesses for the exact same reason I just gave. Folk wanna go out and socialise with friends.

But the owners either smoke themselves or believe that everyone will stop coming should they ban smoking.

Wrong!

JT being part gov owned doesn't help either. (That is shameful btw) Too many oyaji in the diet need the cash to bump up their already inflated pensions.

So no change....ever!

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Heavy smoking is also often accompanied by a sedentary lifestyle that may lead to muscle weakness and increase strain on the lower back. One limitation of the study is that researchers lacked data on exercise habits, the authors note.

It seems like a significant limitation given the number involved (1,623 out of 331,941). All the the people I know that exercise seriously are non-smokers.

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Correlation doesn' t mean cause. This type of article is misleading. There so many other factors that can influence. Nobody is denying the possible risk of mainstream smoke but today if you have something tobacco is the responsible.

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We can use stats anyway we like. Japanese live longer than Americans but smoke more. Does it mean smoking prolongs your life? no

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We can use stats anyway we like. Japanese live longer than Americans but smoke more. Does it mean smoking prolongs your life? no

Sure it doesn't prolong your life, but anyone who has any clue about anything would never make that comparison, because you're taking a large group of people, and not isolating which ones smoke and which ones live long, to make that comparison. So of course the comparison fails.

Any scientist worth his salt would do what I just said before making any proclamations about whether smoking extends or shortens life.

And this article is quite clear that the scientists weren't as sloppy as your comparison above. Look at this:

The connection between smoking and spinal surgery persisted even after researchers accounted for other factors that can increase the odds of lower back pain such as aging and obesity.

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One limitation of the study is that researchers lacked data on exercise habits, the authors note. Most of the construction workers in the study were men, and the results might be different for women.

As you can see by their accounting for other factors, and considering limitations, these are real scientists, and not just some dude on the internet grabbing two random numbers and trying to equate them.

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