Take a tour
invite your friends
- Select Menu -
Invite your friends
are you a secret smoker?
If you're sneaking smokes when no one's looking, beware: One lung doctor says a common device can determine whether someone is a smoker.
The blood carbon monoxide detector could be used to ferret out people who hide a cigarette habit, said pulmonologist Dr. Sridhar Reddy. It could also help show patients what smoking is doing to their bodies, he added.
* Video: Health News & Features
* Health Community
* More from Health
"It starts a conversation to make people more and more aware of what smoking can do to them and to give them more information about why they should quit, instead of a boring sermon every time," said Reddy, who works in St. Clair, Mich.
There are already ways to detect whether someone is a smoker, according to Reddy. Doctors can test a person's breath, blood or saliva.
But none of the methods is very convenient, Reddy said, so he decided to take a look at another device.
Anyone who has been in a hospital recently is probably familiar with the pulse oximeter, a device that's placed over the fingertip and measures oxygen levels in the blood by passing light waves into the skin.
Reddy tested an oximeter that also measures carbon monoxide levels in the blood. It's typically used on firefighters and others who have been exposed to smoke.
With the help of his 16-year-old son, Ashray, who assisted as part of a science project, Reddy tested the device on 476 patients to see how well it did at picking up smokers, who develop high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood.
The device, which Reddy said costs $4,000-$5,000, measures the level of carbon monoxide in hemoglobin. It accurately spotted up 95 percent of all smokers when Reddy looked only at those who had a 6 percent or higher level of carbon monoxide.
The device doesn't detect every smoker, nor is it perfect when it does suggest that someone smokes. Still, Reddy said the device can be calibrated to detect light or heavy smokers.
In his office, he sometimes sets the device to sound an alarm if the carbon monoxide level is higher than 10 percent, meaning that only the heaviest smokers should set it off. Patients wonder why the alarm goes off, and "we can tell them that 10 percent of their blood is poisoned with carbon monoxide. That gets them in a conversation about preventing lung disease even if they don't have it," he said.
Dr. Joseph DiFranza, a professor of family medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, who's familiar with Reddy's research, said the device could have potential as a smoker-detector, but "I would not recommend that doctors embrace it until it has been demonstrated to be effective in a randomized controlled trial."
Joel Killen of the Stanford Prevention Research Center said the study is interesting, but he added that another device, called a "smokerlyzer," also measures carbon monoxide in the breath and is "non-invasive, easy and inexpensive."
Tue. Oct 23, 11:12am
not since I started chewing tobbacco!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 11:59 AM
OMG, no but I know sooooooooooo many people that are.
Friday, December 19, 2008, 11:36 AM
Smoking no. Eating yes.
I do know some secret smokers. One that lost a lot of weight, she doesn eat or exercise, she drinks and smokes and gets her nails done, over done on the make up always, more highlites in her hair, than possible.
But, I do not smoke, I do workout and eat pretty good, getting better all the time..
Friday, December 19, 2008, 12:20 PM
Doesnt smoking help you lose weight by taking away food cravings and speeding up your metabolism?
Friday, December 19, 2008, 4:46 PM
How To Quit Smoking
new PEERtrainer article on quitting smoking:
Friday, June 19, 2009, 12:35 PM
Ugg Classic Tall
Ugg Grise Pas Cher
Nike Online Store
ugg boots classic
nike sb stefan janoski
Michael Kors handbag discount
Pandora Beads And Charms
pandora jewelry store
retro jordans for cheap
canada goose jackets for women
billige nike sko
ugg boots outlet online
zapatos de futbol nike
Ugg Noir Pas Cher
christian louboutin outlet
canada goose coats
Doudoune Moncler Pas Cher
Canada Goose Coats For Men
canada goose jacket outlet
Ugg Femme Pas Cher
Ugg boots Sale
nike boty dámské
new pandora charms
newest lebron shoes
Uggs Outlet Store
Adidas Shoes Discount Marketplace
ugg outlet online
chaussure basket homme
nike jordan shoes
canada goose jackets on sale
Toms Outlet Online
Oakley Sunglasses Cheap
Veste Moncler Femme
ugg factory outlet
Air Max For Sale
Friday, December 23, 2016, 4:48 AM
How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight
How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer
How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources
Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner
How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition
New Diet and Fitness Articles:
Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:
Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule
Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions
Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?
Everyday Weight Loss Tips
How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge
Introducing The PEERtrainer Cheat System
How To Speed Up Weight Loss
How To Get Motivation To Lose Weight
Weight Watchers: The New Science!
3 Myths About Weight Loss With JJ Virgin
Related Article :
New PEERtrainer Articles :
Why Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight
How To Lose A Lot Of Weight, Fast
5 Things You Must Know Before Doing A Cleanse
New: How To Build Muscle
What Is The Best Kind Of Protein Powder?
The Master Cleanse
Will Removing Gluten From Your Diet Help You Lose Weight?
How To Obliterate Your Limitations
How To Get The Motivation To Exercise
How To Stop Feeling Tired
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Super Immunity Diet
The PEERtrainer Diet
Is Portion Control Keeping You Fat?
The Ultimate Guide To Dietary Fiber
P90X? Do Burst Training Instead
Weight Watchers Points Changes For 2012
Can Diet Soda Cause You To GAIN Weight?