December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii85
Academic Journal
This article presents various studies related to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Knowledge of a patient's smoking habit enables appropriate smoking advice to be given. However some smokers may deny their habit thus making counselling difficult. The breath carbon monoxide level monitor provides an immediate, non-invasive method of measuring carboxyhaemoglobin and has been of particular use in smoking cessation counselling. It is estimated that cigarette smoking causes 120,000 premature deaths each year in Great Britain.


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