Use of urine cotinine to validate smoking self-reports in U.S. Navy recruits

Thomas L. Pokorski, W. William Chen, Roger L. Bertholf

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Abstract

Cotinine analysis of urine has been used by many researchers to determine validity of smoking self-reports. This technique is easy and inexpensive, but has not been used previously in military smoking studies. This study incorporated a random validation of self-reported smoking by U.S. Navy recruits participating in a smoking relapse program (N = 496). Results of cotinine analysis indicate only a 1% misrepresentation of actual smoking status. These results suggest smoking self-reports from U.S. Navy recruits are very good indicators of actual smoking status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-454
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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