Analiza porównawcza ilości wydychanego tlenku węgla jako wskaźnika palenia tytoniu wśród wybranych studentów uczelni we Wrocławiu
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Hygiene Department, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland, Headmaster: K. Pawlas, PhD, associate professor
Student Science Club of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland Supervisor: I. Pirogowicz, MD, PhD
University of Social Sciences and Humanities of Wroclaw, Dean: Prof. T. Zaleśkiewicz, PhD
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Iwona Pirogowicz   

Hygiene Department, Wroclaw Medical University, ul. Mikulicza-Radeckiego 7 50-368 Wrocław phone number: +48 71 784 15 04
Med Srod. 2013;16(4):52-56
The aim of this study is to compare the amount of exhaled carbon monoxide which can be an indicator of the phenomenon of tobacco smoking among youngsters in a group of students of Wroclaw’s universities.

Material and Methods:
The study was performed on 347 students living in dormitories of four Wroclaw universities: Wroclaw Medical University, University of Wroclaw, University of Physical Education and Technical University. Every tested student underwent a measurement of quantities of exhaled carbon monoxide by a Micro Medical Smoke Check device. Every participant took part in an anonymous survey, which was divided into three parts (for smokers/non-smokers/ex-smokers) and included exposure to tobacco smoke, length of time smoking etc.

No difference in the amount of exhaled CO between students of particular universities was observed. The Smoke Check measurements are higher in actively smoking students compared to nonsmokers. The results are higher in students declaring passive smoking compared with those not exposed to tobacco smoke at all. No difference in level of CO between genders and particular age groups was observed.

Despite higher health awareness, students of the Medical University and University of Physical Education reach for cigarettes as often as the other tested students. Male students smoke as often as female students and CO result was not dependent on age.

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