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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Smoking and Tobacco
Nicotine in blood or urine
Can a nicotine test tell how long a person has stopped smoking? I am to be tobacco free for 2 months before I can have a procedure done...I will be tested...but not sure how. I was wondering if can tell I have been smoke free for that long.
A test for the breakdown product of nicotine is called cotinine (COAT-a-neen). This stays in the body longer than nicotine and is a good marker for long-term smoke exposure. This can be measured in blood, saliva, and urine. It would be best for you to follow the directions to not smoke for two months prior to a procedure being done as there are health concerns about smoking exposure.
Karen L Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor at The College of Nursing
Professor at The College of Public Health
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University