Comparative Study of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in Cigarette Smokers and Non-Smokers of Lahore District
Cigarette smoking is a menace and is contagious problem. Every effort is being made at governmental level to stop smoking. Even it has been declared as crime and punishable act. Ordinance about the penalty to cigarette smokers has been passed but in spite of all these efforts the cigarette smokers are still flourishing.
Objectives: The aim of this study was to provide the calculated and measured values about the damage incurred by smoking on the respiratory health. Only by this information the smokers can abstain from smoking.
Design: Cross-sectional comparative study.
Setting: General public from Lahore.
Materials and Methods: The study was done on a random sample of 1290 persons collected in six months duration from different areas of Lahore. After collecting the required data, peak expiratory flow rate of these subjects was recorded by mini-Wright's peak flow meter.
Results: The quantitative analysis of peak expiratory flow rate of smokers was less than non-smokers.
Conclusion: Smoking adversely affects the respiratory tree. So if this calculated damage is brought to the public notice it will help them to quit smoking.
Key words: Cigarette smoking, Peak expiratory flow rate, mini Wright's peak flow meter and non-smokers.
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