Sputum Characteristics among “Chillum” Smoking ‘Sadhus’ of Kumbh Mela


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  • Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Nashik, 422003, India
  • Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Nashik, Maharashtra, 422003, India
  • Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Department of Community Medicine, Nashik, 422003, India

Abstract

A chillum consist a mixture of Cannabis and tobacco.Cannabis, also known as marijuana; it is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use; nowadays widely being abused for getting high and temporary relaxation. Sputum examination of chillum smokers may indicate harmful effects of chillum smoking on lungs. Objectives of present study were to study the sputum characteristics and differential cell count of chillum smoking Sadhus of Kumbh Mela. Present descriptive observational study was conducted among fifty Sadhus of Kumbh Mela of Nashik. Participants were selected using purposive sampling method. In present study all sputum samples showed raised differential cell count and statistically significant association was observed between differential cell like Neutrophils, Lymphocytes and Macrophages with different content present in chillum.

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Pulmonology

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