SALIVARY THIOCYANATE SECRETION DURING A FLEET BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE PATROL
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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Tobacco smoke products make up a variable proportion of the atmospheric contaminants of a fleet ballistic missile submarine. A biological measurement of the degree of effective tobacco inhalation both in smokers and non-smokers would be a useful tool in environmental health studies. Salivary thiocyanate levels seemed promising as such a tool. Thirty volunteers were selected from a submarine crew 14 smokers and 16 non-smokers. Saliva was collected by standard methods during refit and on patrol. Thiocyanate content was measured and relationships were sought with dietar, smoking and patrol factors. Strong positive relationships were found between the thiocyanate levels and smoking but no significant changes were found in either smokers or non-smokers on patrol. No relationships were found with dietary factors or with the amount smoked. It is concluded that the atmospheric effects are not extreme enough to be detected by this biological method.
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