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What chemicals does a nicotine test look for?

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Usually, the tests look for cotinine, not nicotine. It can show up in a blood or urine test. Cotinine is more stable and lasts longer in your body, and the only reason you’d have it in your body is from nicotine.

When you’re using a nicotine replacement product, you may need a test that looks for nicotine, cotinine, and anabasine, a substance that’s found in tobacco but not in nicotine replacement products. If you test positive -- anabasine is present in your body -- that means you’re still using tobacco. Otherwise, it wouldn’t show up.

SOURCES:

Workplace Fairness: “Drug Testing”

New Health Guide: “How Long Does It Take for Nicotine to Completely Leave the Body?”

Lab Tests Online: “Nicotine / Cotinine”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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SOURCES:

Workplace Fairness: “Drug Testing”

New Health Guide: “How Long Does It Take for Nicotine to Completely Leave the Body?”

Lab Tests Online: “Nicotine / Cotinine”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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