Cotinine in serum, saliva, and urine of nonsmokers, passive smokers, and active smokers

M. A. Wall, J. Johnson, P. Jacob, N. L. Benowitz

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Abstract

Cotinine was measured in the serum, saliva, and urine of nonsmokers, passive smokers, and active smokers. Serum and saliva could not discriminate between nonsmokers and passive smokers. Mean urine cotinine was higher in passive smokers than nonsmokers but there was a great deal of intersubject overlap. Cotinine in all body fluids could separate active smokers from the other two groups. Among smokers, light smokers had lower levels than heavier smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-701
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume78
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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