Some characteristics of waterpipe users and determination of carbon monoxide (CO) levels in their expiration air Nargile içicilerinin bazi özellikleri ve ekspiryum havasinda karbon monoksid (CO) düzeylerinin saptanmasi


Ibrahimov F., Şahin I., Eminaǧa F., Feyzioǧlu K., Metin B. C. , ASLAN D.

Gulhane Medical Journal, vol.54, no.1, pp.49-56, 2012 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : Gulhane Medical Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.49-56

Abstract

In this study some characteristics of waterpipe users relating the use of waterpipe and their carbon monoxide levels in expired air in selected waterpipe cafes in Ankara between May 30, 2011 and June 6, 2011 were aimed to determine. The questionnaire form about the waterpipe use and its effects on health was filled with interview technique. Concurrently, carbon monoxide levels in expired air of the participants were measured with piCO Smokerlyzer. Of all the 252 participants, 60.7% were male, 41.7% were between the age group of 20-24 years, and 73.4% were university/vacancy school graduates. The most frequent reason declared for starting to use waterpipe was "peer influence". Educational level had a positive influence on the participants' correct information on waterpipe and its effects on health. Carbon monoxide levels in expired air of the participants were statistically significantly higher in smokers when compared to non-smokers (p<0.001). Additionally, carbon monoxide levels in expired air of the participants smoking were statistically significantly higher in comparison to non-smoker participants when variables such as age, gender, duration of smoking, and duration of time passed in cafes were analyzed in detail. Advocacy studies should be conducted in community level to increase the awareness on the health risks associated with waterpipe use. © Gülhane Askeri Ti{dotless}p Akademisi 2012.