Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions about using nicoting testing in the workplay or at home? We've got answers


Q. Why Use this Test?

A. The test detects the presence of cotinine in urine to determine whether someone uses tobacco or has been exposed to secondhand smoke.


Q. What is Cotinine?

A. Cotinine is a metabolite (byproduct) of nicotine as it is "processed" by the human body. It is an indicator that nicotine has been inhaled or otherwise introduced into the body.


Q. When to Use the Test?

A. Whenever someone requires confirmation of tobacco usage or exposure to secondhand smoke. The test is frequently used by parents to test their children, employers testing for wellness compliance, and for self-testing by individuals.


Q. What Type of Sample is Required?

A. The test requires only a simple urine sample. The test is similar to taking a standard at-home pregnancy test.


Q. Is Any Test Preparation Required?

A. No. The test can be administered at any time.


Q. Do all forms of tobacco contain nicotine?

A. Yes, they all contain nicotine. This includes cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars, chewing tobacco/dip, snuff, etc. If you use any of these, you may test positive for tobacco use.


Q. Can I be required to be tested for tobacco use?

A. National and state laws may vary. Mandatory testing would generally only apply to people who are court-ordered to be tested, such as for child custody reasons. However, since smokers tend to have higher health costs and are at an increased risk for developing a variety of diseases, some employers may require employees to be tested as part of an ongoing wellness program. Likewise, some health and life insurance companies may require applicants to be tested for tobacco use prior to accepting them as clients.


Q. Where can I find information about quitting smoking?

A. There are many national organization and government resources available. The website provides hundreds of articles and a large community support forum for people who want to quit smoking.


Q. What kinds of nicotine replacement products are available?

A. Overcoming nicotine addition may be easier with the use of over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement products include nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges. Prescription-based nicotine replacement products are also available including nicotine patches, inhalers, and nasal sprays. The products are intended to be used in conjunction with a smoking cessation program. Talk to your doctor about the best options for you.

For more information, see the page on Nicotine Addiction.



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