paquets

English translation: cartons

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 09:41 Aug 17, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
Medical
 French term or phrase: paquets Problem text is a medical article: "Elle fumait 10 cigarettes par jour depuis 15 ans (7.5 paquets-année)." Is there something wrong in my reading of "paquets" as a pack of 20, or any other mathematical operators I may have overlooked? (7.5 cartons a year would still have yeilded 4 cigarettes a day...)
 ParrotSpain Local time: 18:09
 English translation:cartons Explanation: 10 cigarettes a day x 365 days = 3650 a year 1 carton = 20 packs of 20 = 400 cigarettes 7.5 cartons x 400 = 3000, which isn't 3650, but 7.5 is an estimate anyway just a thought...
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lkoch99
Local time: 12:09
 It really makes the most sense, but I'm still befuddled about the packets in a carton... problem with consulting this is, it's an already-published article!3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

na +1cartonslkoch99
napack-yearHenry Liu
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 Guy Bray
naPack-PackageAna and Michel

7 mins
pack

Explanation:
Maybe the person buys packets of 25 cigarettes, in cartons of 20 packs?

 Guy BrayUnited StatesLocal time: 09:09Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in pair: 819

53 mins
Pack-Package

Explanation:
It might be an error in French. Because there are "paquets" (packets of 20-25 cigarettes) and there are "cartouches" (containing several "paquets") and which could be translated as "packs" or "packages". But even in that eventuality this wouldn't do the trick as a "cartouche" contains 5 or 10 "paquets" and that would leave us only halfway. I am puzzled.

 Ana and MichelSpainLocal time: 18:09Native speaker of: French, Spanish

1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
cartons

Explanation:

10 cigarettes a day x 365 days
= 3650 a year

1 carton = 20 packs of 20
= 400 cigarettes

7.5 cartons x 400 = 3000, which isn't 3650, but 7.5 is an estimate anyway

just a thought...

 lkoch99Local time: 12:09Native speaker of: Dutch, EnglishPRO pts in pair: 15
 It really makes the most sense, but I'm still befuddled about the packets in a carton... problem with consulting this is, it's an already-published article!

agree  Germaine A Hoston: Sounds right to me!
 27 mins

agree  lcmolinari: I tend to think it's carton as well, but wouldn't it be best to go to the source? There could be an error
 1 hr
-> yes, if possible...could also be packs of 25, 20 packs in a carton

disagree  Anna Beria: Normally one does not talk of cartons/day or /year for cigarettes. I would check with originator.
 2 hrs
-> what then? 10/day = 7.5 pks every 15 days?

4 hrs
pack-years

Explanation:
A pack-year is a cumulative measure of smoking: One pack-year is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes each day for a year

Reference: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb97/nci-05b.htm
 lkoch99Local time: 12:09Native speaker of: Dutch, EnglishPRO pts in pair: 15

14 hrs
pack-year

Explanation:
I hope this comment got to you in time.

This is a specific way of writing "dosage" of cigarettes. All the published research have shown a correlation between cigarettes consumed and risk of disease, for example lung cancer. In order to standardise the dosage of cigarette, this is the abbreviated unit.

This refers to someone smoking one pack a day for one year. In order words, if you smoke half a pack a day (10 cigarettes) for 2 years, the risk of developing lung cancer, for example, is the same as someone smoking 2 packs a day for six months.

So in her case, the smoking history, as we doctors called it, is equivalent to someone smoking 7.5 pack of cigarettes in one year.

I hope this makes sense and you have time to amend your translation.

New Zealand medical practitioner working in CHU Toulouse
 Henry LiuPRO pts in pair: 89

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