Determination of thiocyanate as a biomarker of tobacco smoke constituents in selected biological materials of human origin

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  • Published: Nov 27, 2017
  • Author: Sylwia Narkowicz, Ewa Jaszczak, Żaneta Polkowska, Bogumiła Kiełbratowska, Alicja Kotłowska, Jacek Namieśnik
  • Journal: Biomedical Chromatography


In order to protect human health, it is necessary to biomonitor toxic substances originating from tobacco smoke in biological materials sampled from persons with different exposures to tobacco smoke constituents. Thiocyanate anion is a biomarker of exposure to tobacco smoke components which is characterized by a relatively long half‐life in the human body, i.e. 6 days. In this work, we present the results of thiocyanate determinations performed on samples of placenta, meconium, saliva, breast milk, sweat and blood. The placenta samples were subjected to accelerated solvent extraction with water. The thiocyanate concentrations were determined using ion chromatography. The analyzed biological materials were compared with regard to their applicability for biomonitoring toxic substances originating from tobacco smoke. The highest mean concentrations of thiocyanate were observed in the samples of biological materials collected from active smokers.

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