A study of carboxyhaemoglobin levels of cigarette and sheesha smokers in Saudi Arabia

Am J Public Health. 1982 Jul;72(7):722-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.72.7.722.


A single carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) estimation of late evening blood sample among non-smokers, cigarette smokers, and sheesha smokers was evaluated among Saudis. The COHb level in smokers of 15 to 40 cigarettes a day ranged between 0.7 and 10.3 with a mean value of 6.1 +/- 2.58 COHb. Values among sheesha smokers ranged between 6.5 and 13.9 with a mean value of 8.8 +/- 1.83, significantly higher than those of cigarette smokers (P less than 0.001) for a given degree of exposure to tobacco smoke.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carboxyhemoglobin / analysis*
  • Hemoglobins / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Smoking*
  • Time Factors


  • Hemoglobins
  • Carboxyhemoglobin