Nicotine Exposure and Metabolites

Nicotine is an addictive substance found in tobacco products and is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United States. Use of tobacco products, particularly smoking, is the main preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. Nicotine use is also recognized as a risk factor for poor wound healing. Laboratory testing of urine can help determine active or passive nicotine exposure and differentiate between nicotine replacement therapy and tobacco use by detecting nicotine as well as its metabolites. Testing of plasma or serum, when necessary, is useful for detecting recent exposure.

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Content Review: 
October 2018

Last Update: November 2018