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A 41-year-old female asked:

Asking a gynecologist: when you go in for a pap smear, do they ever check for nicotine in your cells when they send it to a lab, cause i read they did not. i am a light smoker only 14 cigs/ wk and two days out of the week i don't smoke at all?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Just tell the doctor: No. Medical care resources are limited and expensive. Every patient can just tell her doctor if she is smoking, how much she is smoking, and which methods she is using to try to quit smoking. Usually, primary care doctors and their staff will ask about smoking. Thus, there is no reason in normal situations to spend time and precious resources doing tests for something the patient can just say.

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