Furey, Sandy A.; Schaanning, Jan; Spoont, Stanley; Birkhead, Newton C.
April 1967
Angiology;Apr1967, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p218
Academic Journal
A comparison of the changes in pulse rate, blood pressure, and skin temperatures during and after smoking of two tobacco cigarettes and two lettuce leaf cigarettes was carried out in 10 healthy subjects. The average maximal increases in pulse rate and systolic and diastolic blood pressures were 22 beats per min, 9 mm Hg and 10 mm Hg and 4 beats per min, 4 mm Hg and 5 mm Hg with the tobacco and lettuce cigarettes, respectively. These differences between responses were statistically significant (p < 0.05). Average finger skin temperature decreased to a maximum of 4.5�C with the tobacco and 3.1�C with the lettuce cigarettes. Smoking of lettuce leaf cigarettes had less effect on the circulation than smoking of tobacco cigarettes, when measured by these parameters.


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