Carbon Monoxide Breath Analyzers and Its Role in Tobacco Cessation: A Narrative Review of Literature

Vasthare, Ramprasad and Kumar, Santhosh and Arron, Lim Yan Ran (2018) Carbon Monoxide Breath Analyzers and Its Role in Tobacco Cessation: A Narrative Review of Literature. Journal of International Oral Health, 10. pp. 71-76. ISSN 0976-7428

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This literature review was done to estimate the uses and effectiveness of carbon monoxide (CO) breath analyzers in identifying smokers and evaluating the role it can play in tobacco cessation programs. A web‑based research on PubMed and Scopus from date of inception till 2016 was done for collecting data for the review. Our inquiry was limited to relevant articles with specific keywords. During the web search title and abstracts, 118 articles were screened for content and quality and 66 articles were selected to get an update on the desired information. As on date, there is enough evidence to prove the reasonably high sensitivity and specificity of CO analyzers in distinguishing smokers and nonsmokers. It also correlates well with smoking status. Its primary application is in validating smoking abstinence and as a motivational tool in smoking cessation programs. Due to its advantages over other biochemical assays, it is used in screening large population, in developing countries and in research. It can also detect pregnant women who are smokers and victims of passive tobacco exposure. However, it does possess limitations which have to be taken into account when using it. It can be concluded that CO analyzers are proven to have great potential and can be used as an adjunct in achieving the goal of combating tobacco addiction. It is cheap, noninvasive, gives immediate results, easy to use, and it can be self‑administered by individuals. It should henceforth be considered as an invaluable tool for tobacco cessation programs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abstinence; Breath tests; Carbon monoxide; Smoked tobacco; Smoking cessation; Tobacco; Tobacco use cessation
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Periodontology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 06:21
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 06:21

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