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According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Employee Benefits survey report, 16% of employers provide a discount on health insurance premiums to people who do not use tobacco products, 10% offer a discount for participating in a program to quit smoking, and 18% impose a smoking surcharge. Many employers are turning to nicotine testing to discourage dishonesty and ensure incentives are appropriately distributed.

Not only does smoking affect employee’s productivity, it costs employers millions each year. According to federal estimates, employees who smoke cost employers almost $4,000 per year.

How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?

The amount of nicotine in your blood rises just seconds after you light up. But how much you inhale and how much nicotine is in the cigarette both affect how much. People also process nicotine differently depending on their genetics.

Generally, nicotine will leaves your blood within 1 to 3 days after you stop using tobacco, and cotinine will be gone after 1 to 10 days. Neither nicotine nor cotinine will be detectable in your urine after 3 to 4 days of stopping tobacco products.

Best Nicotine testing method

Urine sampling is the most commonly used method of nicotine testing and is considered the most sensitive. Urine testing can detect the level of nicotine in a smoker’s system to determine if they are a heavy or light smoker. The test is quick, accurate and relatively inexpensive.

Usually, the tests look for cotinine, not nicotine. That’s because cotinine is more stable and lasts longer in your body.

American Drug Test offers many products to support nicotine testing such as dip cards, hair tests, saliva tests, and urine collection specimen cups.

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Aug 12th 2019 Nancy T

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