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How long do you have to go without smoking or chewing tobacco to pass a tobacco swab screening test?

How long do you have to go without smoking or chewing tobacco to pass a tobacco swab screening test?

To be sure, at least: a week. Generally oral swabs will pick up any tobacco use within 3-5 days. I strongly suggest using that as a head start to complete cessation. Failing a cotinine screen (the metabolite of nicotine is what is actually measured) is nowhere near as bad as lung cancer, throat or mouth cancer, emphysema, heart attack or stroke, all of which are potentially waiting for you out there if you continue. ...Read more

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How long does it take for results of a mouth swab tobacco test?

How long does it take for results of a mouth swab tobacco test?

Depends on test: Many tests give instant results, but the strip may not be read instantly. Others are sent to labs where they are "developed, " and often positive screening tests are followed up by more definitive confirmatory tests, which can take many hours or even days to complete, depending on the kind of test and how many samples are ahead in the queue. If you are smoking, strongly consider quitting. ...Read more

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Would I be able to pass a drug screening tomorrow that also includes a tobacco and nicotine test when I am surrounded by secondhand smoke daily?

Would I be able to pass a drug screening tomorrow that also includes a tobacco and nicotine test when I am surrounded by secondhand smoke daily?

Probably not: But why would you worry about a screen for tobacco products? If you are to have a screen clear of these, then you might not want to be in an environment where you are surrounded by second hand smoke. If you have agreed to not smoke and the test is to prove you do not, then exposing yourself to smoke only increases your chances of failing the test without any way to prove you are not smoking ...Read more

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I quit using smokeless tobacco over 8 weeks ago. I have a urine test for cotinine in the upcoming weeks for a new job opportunity. Will i pass?

I quit using smokeless tobacco over 8 weeks ago. I have a urine test for cotinine in the upcoming weeks for a new job opportunity. Will i pass?

You should: Tell them up front, if it will not disqualify you, that you wanted this job so much you discontinued your smokeless tobacco 8 weeks ago. Cotinine is usually out of the system after a week or less. Congratulations on smoking cessation. ...Read more

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If im a slim male weighing 130 lbs and 5'10. And i dip tobacco 2-3 times a day how long will it be in my system if i need to pass a nicotine test?

If im a slim male weighing 130 lbs and 5'10. And i dip tobacco 2-3 times a day how long will it be in my system if i need to pass a nicotine test?

Asking Physicians: We often are united here on health tap that we do not in any way encourage unhealthy behavior or help any body scam drug screening tests, including nicotine testing. If you need to pass a nicotine test then you must not use nicotine. None of us here would support use of this product even if you did not have to pass a test. ...Read more

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Can swab tests tell if you have ever smoked tobacco?

Recently smoked: One of the most common ways to test for tobacco use is from using a swab to collect saliva. The test is for cotinine, a chemical by-product of nicotine which is in all tobacco. Cotinine last for about 4 days or longer, so if you had tobacco in the last week the test could be positive. There are more detailed tests that could detect tobacco in the past few months. There's no test for 'ever smoked'. ...Read more

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