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Can doctors tell from a blood test if you smoke? and if so how?
Additional Details no its not me its just that my cousin smokes cigarettes and we had a row about this because she was told that a blood test alone can not tell if you smoked but i thought they can esp if they take your gases. Just to settle an argument!!!!
It also causes you blood to be thicker than normal.
Blood gasses can point strongly toward smoking. A blood count can indicate a heavy smoker because their hemoglobins tend to be elevated.
YES! Some microbiology docs CAN tell... A friend/professor at our college can actually tell if you can or not... He is also a Nutritionist too
My husband went on a Biology trip with him, and everyone who smoked *( my husband doesn't)* but everyone who does had a weird "bacteria" thing in their blood, and he was able to tell by that certain "bacteria"...
Smoking effects the O2 levels in your blood! so yes they can tell.
no, a general blood test can not tell if you smoke.
Unless they speifically test for nicoteine but no-one does that test apart from health insurance people.
ABSOLUTELY. We found out when we went for life insurance. My husband was a real smoker and I asked the agent "well, how would they know" and he told me because they take blood tests to find out a lot of medical information, smoking being one of them. OK, so we had to say he was a smoker....
Then it came to me, I told him, well, I consider myself a non-smoker because I smoke 2 cigarettes a day and sometimes not at all, there's no way it could be in my blood. He said, OK, I'll put down non-smoker and lay off a bit.
Well I stopped altogether for a month and they took the blood and it came back as a smoker. I couldn't believe it! I said, explain I only have 2 a day, if at all. He said if you smoke 1 cigarette a month you are considered a smoker.
So I didn't smoke for the next 3 months and got retested and they said it is still showing up as a smoker. (Smoker rates are twice as high for life and medical insurance).
So I stopped for 6 months, and finally, it came back as non-smoker..
so even if you only smoke 2 cigarettes a day and quit for 3 months it will still show up in your blood!
yes...they can detect nicotine from cigarettes in blood (and urine too)
They can by seeing the toxins in your blood like nicotine, etc..
Gloomyguy is right, never lie to your doctor. Besides, if you do smoke they will probably smell it off you and would not need to do a blood, or any other, test.
All the chemicals and nicotine in your body. Plus they can smell it on you. ugh
Never lie to your doctor.
Talk To The Hand
I think they can if they specifically look for it. When they test blood they have to go looking for things - it doesn't just appear.
But if you're a smoker and don't want anyone to know - you're doctor can't tell anyone anyway.
Sure .. they have a technique to measure the amount of nicotine that's running in the blood.
Stop smoking for 4 days and drink a lot of water you should be fine.