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Increased Oxidative Stress Related To Using Smokeless Tobacco”Maras Powder”

Author(s): Elif Köse | Özlem Yazıcıoğlu Moçin | Hakim Çelik | Mehmet Gencer

Journal: Turk Toraks Dergisi
ISSN 1302-7808

Volume: 12;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 94;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Maras powder | tobacco | oxidative stress | antioxidant capacity

with tobacco users. Material and Method: Twenty one men using MP but not tobacco (Group 1), 27 men using tobacco alone(Group 2) and 24 men using neither as a control group (Group 3) were included in the study. The blood samples were separated into sera and then total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and total oxidant level (TOL) were checked by the method developed by Erel and oxidative stress index (OSI) was calculated.Results: The mean values of TAC in group 1, 2 and 3 were 1.35±0.18, 1.48±0.11 and 1.57±0.17, respectively. The level of TAC was detected as lower in group 1 than group 2 and 3 (p0.05). The calculated mean values of OSI were significantly higher in group 1 and 2 than in group 3 (respectively 7.44±2.84, 7.62±2.61, 5.67±0.99) (p0.05).Conclusion: Maras powder was found to have the same influence as tobacco in increasing oxidative stress responsible for the pathogenesis of many chronic diseases. The community should be informed that Maras powder, known to be harmless or less harmful than tobacco among tobacco users, is as dangerous as tobacco.
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