Adverse effects of smoking on serum cholesterol levels

Jasmeet Singh Sidhu*, Vishal Sharma


Smoking is a major public health problem and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Many studies have reported derangement of serum cholesterol levels in smokers, adding to the suffering.The present study was carried out to compare serum cholesterol levels between smokers and non-smokers. Serum samples from 100 chronic smokers and equal number of non-smokers were collected and cholesterol levels were measured.  Majority of non-smokers (72%) had serum cholesterol level ranging between 150-200mg% as compared to smokers (27%). Significant higher levels (>250mg%) were found in smokers  (40%) as compared to non-smokers (6%). Increased duration and burden of smoking were significantly associated with deranged cholesterol levels (p≤0.05). Vigorous nationwide campaigns should be carried out to educate the society of ill effects of smoking.


Smoking; Cholesterol

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