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Calculating Pack Years in a Cigarette Smoker

Purpose:

To estimate the number of cigarette pack years consumed by a smoker.

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

risk factors, other testing

ICD-10:

F17

Description:

A common measurement of cigarette consumption is pack years. A pack year consists of smoking 1 pack a day of cigarettes for a year. The complications of smoking increase with the total number of pack years.

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