Pack Years in Smoking
Quantifies patient smoking habits into a standardized form
The Pack Years in Smoking tool provides primary care providers and relevant specialists with a common language to quantify smoking use. Recreational or occasional smoking portend different risk profiles than heavy daily users, and this provides clinicians with some implicit information about patient lung health. It is also a tool that is helpful to quantify lifelong habits that have varied in severity. Specifically, many patients quit or fluctuate in smoking amounts throughout life and may require multiple calculations to properly quantify use pattern.
Packs of cigarettes smoked per day: (enter number) packs
- 1 pack = 20 cigarettes
- Please enter total packs (eg. 30 cigarettes/day entered as "1.5"
Years patient has smoked: (enter number) years
- Pack Years = Packs per day x Years of smoking