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Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences
Physiological Society of Nigeria
ISSN: 0794-859X
Vol. 22, No. 1-2, 2007, pp. 27-30
Bioline Code: np07004
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences, Vol. 22, No. 1-2, 2007, pp. 27-30

 en THE CONCENTRATIONS OF METHAEMOGLOBIN, CARBOXYHAEMOGLOBIN AND SOME HAEMATOLOGICAL PARAMETERS IN TOBACCO SNUFF ADDICTS IN IGBO OF NIGERIA
UREME, S. O.; IBEAGHA, I. D.; MADUKA, I. G. & IBEAGBULAM, O. G.

Abstract

Methaemoglobin, carboxyhaemoglobin concentrations and some haematological parameters were studied in fifty tobacco snuff addicts (40 males and 10 females) in some villages of Anambra State, Nigeria. The aim was to investigate possible adverse effects of tobacco snuff in addicts in Igbos of Anambra State. Fifty apparently healthy persons (25 males and 25 females) who do not inhale snuff were used as controls. The age range of tests and control subjects was 25-65 years. The results showed no statistically significant difference when the tests group was compared with the control group. A comparison of the results on the basis of sex, age and period of exposure, showed no significant differences. Blood picture in test and control groups was normocytic and normochromic. The results suggest that tobacco snuff may not have any adverse effect on haemoglobin metabolism and erythropoiesis.

Keywords
Methaemoglobin, carboxyhaemoglobin, tobacco snuff and haematological parameters.

 
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