This Cotinine (Nicotine / Tobacco) Saliva Laboratory Drug Test includes the following:
- 1 collection kit
- Return postage to the lab
- Test analysis by a certified laboratory
- MRO review
The Cotinine (Nicotine / Tobacco) Saliva Laboratory Drug Test is ideal in detecting tobacco use among individuals. It's easy and safe to use at home, schools, clinics, workplace and other units to ensure tobacco-free environment. Research shows that regular smoking of tobacco products is a risk factor for a number of serious long term health problems including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Chronic obstructive airways disease: chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema
- Cancers of the lung, bladder, breast, mouth, throat and esophagus
This cotinine saliva test accurately determines the levels of nicotine, tobacco use, or smoking levels of the donor. This test also detects the use of smoking replacement therapies such as nicotine gum, nicotine patch and nicotine sprays. Simply collect the saliva sample, and use the return postage included in the kit to send the test to the lab for analysis; results are available in 3-7 business days from the date the lab receives the test.
Window of Detection:
Saliva cotinine test is an ideal detection method because it is cheap and non-invasive. Unlike other testing methods, it is difficult to cheat because the sample is taken by a swab from person's mouth. The detection window for this type of procedure is around 7-10 days after use.
Although there is no requirement for drug testing companies to use specified cut-off points for detecting substances, many follow the cut-off limits recommended by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Some saliva tests are extremely sensitive, detecting cotinine at concentrations as low as 1 ng/ml. For this test, the cut off level is 10ng/mL.
Limitations of the test:
Some foods and drinks contain nicotine, including some black teas, potatoes, tomatoes, and other plant foods from the family Solanaceae. Hence, some saliva cotinine tests could theoretically cause a false-positive on a sensitive test.
According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, each year cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 1 of every 5 deaths, or about 438,000 people. Cigarette smoking results in 5.5 million years of potential life lost in the United States annually. Smoking increases the severity or risk of complications of other health problems such as:
- High blood pressure
Children of people who smoke tobacco products are at increased risk of a range of health problems such as:
- Respiratory infections
- Allergies and asthma
Pregnant women who smoke are at higher risk of:
- Premature labor
- Having a low birth weight baby
Tobacco smoking is also associated with:
- premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin
- bad breath
- unpleasant body odor
Advantages of the cotinine test:
- This Cotinine (Nicotine / Tobacco) saliva test detects the presence of and/or measure the quantity of nicotine in the person's body.
- It helps determine whether someone uses tobacco or has been exposed to secondhand smoke.
- Use to evaluate for acute nicotine poisoning.
- It helps smokers quit.
Disadvantages of the cotinine test:
- Regular nicotine testing can be expensive.
- Nicotine testing is an invasion of privacy.
- Some states in the U.S. deem nicotine testing as illegal.
To know more about nicotine, its ill effects and how to quit from it, you can read the following resources: