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Does leucocyte count vary with Beedi smoking?

Anitha K, Manjunath Hemberal.

Abstract
Background: The peripheral leucocyte count is an important predictor of morbidity and mortality. Hence, host and environmental factors influencing the peripheral leukocyte count are of interest. The influence of smoking on Total Leucocyte Count and Differential Leucocyte Count was investigated.

Aims & Objective: To see the influence of smoking on Total Leucocyte Count (TLC) and Differential Leucocyte Count (DLC).

Materials and Methods: Total Leucocyte Count and Differential Leucocyte Count were estimated in 100 males (50 smokers and 50 non-smokers) by hemocytometry and peripheral smear method respectively. The counts were expressed in Mean ± SD.
Statistical analysis was done by student’s t test.

Results: There was statistically significant increase in TLC and in subtypes of leucocytes like eosinophils and lymphocytes in smokers.

Conclusion: Findings of our study may help the motivate efforts to stop smoking.

Key words: Total Leucocyte Count, Differential Leucocyte Count, smoking.



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