IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences

Dr. Aleema Banu. S, Dr. Thenmozhi . R
2017 IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences  
Beedi rolling is one of the largest small scale industries in India providing employment to millions of women having low socioeconomic status. They are constantly exposed to tobacco dust and its alkaloids which results in various respiratory complications. Aims & objectives: To assess the effect of tobacco exposure and its duration on Peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and Pulse rate (PR) using Wright's peak expiratory flow meter and pulse oximeter in female beedi
more » ... er in female beedi rollers. Materials & methods: The study was conducted in non communicable disease out patient department of Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital, Tirunelveli. Fifty female beedi rollers after answering a simple questionnaire, the above parameters were recorded & and the results were analysed by appropriate statistical software. Results: In these study subjects, PEFR was below the normal range (300 -500 L/ min ) SpO2 & PR showed a mild variation. Conclusion: Females with tobacco exposure more than 20 years show a significant reduction in PEFR.
doi:10.9790/3008-1201040104 fatcat:t4fjdfi5zfgkdn5hy2vsrgnedu