This is the perfect service to check for tobacco use. Our tests are used by clinics, tobacco-free programs, schools, parents and individuals. To see if your own system is free of nicotine, use this simple cotinine test kit. Cotinine will typically remain in the body 2 to 4 days after the last cigarette.
This test is great for:
- Corporate wellness and quit smoking programs
- Nicotine-free workplace management programs
- Hospitals to test recovering outpatients and/or pre-surgery qualification of patients
- Academic research
- Self-testing for nicotine consumption levels for self-nicotine level monitoring or checking before a life insurance nicotine exam
- Monitoring effects of secondhand smoke at home or workplace
The Nicotine (Smoking) Testing Service includes:
- 1 Collection kit
- Return postage to the lab
- Test analysis by a certified laboratory
This cotinine blood test is used to determine levels of nicotine/tobacco use/smoking levels of the donor. This test would also detect use of smoking replacement therapies such as nicotine gum, nicotine patch and nicotine sprays.
Cotinine is an inactive metabolite of nicotine, but is thought to be a good biological marker for detecting nicotine use since it stays in the body longer than nicotine. Both nicotine and cotinine are eliminated by the kidney.
Some of the signs and symptoms of secret smoking by children and teenagers
- Shortness of breath
- Bad breath
- Throat irritation
- Stained teeth and clothing (also signs of chewing tobacco use)
- Greater susceptibility to colds
- Decreased athletic performance
Some of the signs and symptoms of secret smoking by adults
- Smoky smell from clothes and hair
- Nicotine-stained fingers and teeth
Secondhand smoking will have adverse effects on both adults and children. Most serious negative effects of secondhand smoke in adults are coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, secondhand smoke can cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Pregnant women that are exposed to secondhand smoke are at the risk of having low birth weight babies and the babies will have higher risk of developing asthma (among other risks).
Secondhand smoke can also result in eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
According to FBR.org (Foundation of Blood Research), the half-life of cotinine is 24 hours versus 30 minutes for nicotine. For smokers with a constant smoking pattern (not sporadic use), cotinine levels reach a steady state of about 15% over the course of the day (lowest level being in the morning with minimal exposure during the night).
FBR.org website states that the different cotinine levels can be considered as:
Estimated Nicotine Consumption
< 10 ng/ML
No active smoking
10 ng/mL to 300 ng/mL
Light smoking or moderate passive exposure
Heavy smokers (more than 20 cigarettes a day)
Resources and Further Reading about Nicotine Testing
How Does Nicotine in Blood (Cotinine) Lab Test Work?
The specimen collection process is quick, easy and virtually painless. Using the special finger lancet, which is included in the Nicotine Test Blood Collection Kit, a couple of drops of blood are taken from a nick of a finger and deposited into a special collection card. The card is then sent to a Certified Laboratory for analysis. The kit tests your blood sample for cotinine levels in blood to determine smoking and/or nicotine consumption levels of the donors of the blood sample. The lab then will send back to you in an easy-to-read, understandable report.
Since the Nicotine blood test produces a numerical result rather than a simple "yes" or "no" answer, professional review of test results by a licensed health care professional is recommended.
Please note that we strongly suggest that you visit your personal doctor with your nicotine test results. This report is a complimentary service to your overall health care and not intended to provide health advice.
Note to NY Residents: due to NY State restrictions, this kit may not be sold to NY State Residents.
The Chain of Custody Form is valid for one year after the date of purchase.