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Variations in Carboxyhaemoglobin Levels in Smokers

Br Med J 1974; 4 doi: (Published 28 December 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;4:736
  1. C. M. Castleden,
  2. P. V. Cole


    Three experiments on smokers have been performed to determine variations in blood levels of carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) throughout the day and night and whether a random measurement of COHb gives a true estimation of a smoker's mean COHb level. In the individual smoker the COHb level does not increase gradually during the day but is kept within relatively narrow limits. Moderately heavy smokers rise in the morning with a substantially raised COHb level because the half life of COHb is significantly longer during sleep than during the day. Women excrete their carbon monoxide faster than men. A random COHb estimation gives a good indication of the mean COHb level of an individual.