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Smoking and Tobacco

NICOTINE DRUG SCREEN

03/11/2003

Question:

HOW LONG DOES NICOTINE REMAIN IN THE BODY AND/OR BE DETECTED IN A DRUG SCREEN.

Answer:

Nicotine is rapidly metabolized in the body; half of the body`s nicotine is metabolized in 30 minutes, so it`s undetectable within a few hours. However, a metabolite of nicotine called cotinine has much slower metabolism and can be detected for several days after smoking.

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati