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Blood Tests...Does E-Cig Nicotine Show Up?

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by DawnOfTheDez, Feb 8, 2011.

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  1. DawnOfTheDez

    DawnOfTheDez Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    My company's Wellness Progam now offers lower health insurance premiums if you take a blood test to show that you are not a TOBACCO user. This may be a DUMB question, but if I blood test as an Ecig user, will Nicotine show up in my blood test? :confused: I just don't see how they could test to see if tobacco is in your system without testing for nicotine...anyone come across anything like this?
  2. shanobi187

    shanobi187 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 19, 2010
    Portland Oregon
    I would ask what it is they're looking for specifically. What about the gum, or nicotine patches? You wouldn't be a "tobacco user"
    under those circumstances, but if i had to bet on it, i would think they're looking for nicotine. As far as it showing up in your blood I would guess, (guess being the operative word) that it would show up. You are taking nicotine in to your system, while it may not be as quickly absorbed as a cigarette, it is absorbed.
  3. cappadoc

    cappadoc Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 9, 2010
    Yes, it will show up. The test is almost always for cotinine, a nicotine metabolite.
  4. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 18, 2009
    Wasn't there someone here who actually requested the test be done and the continine levels were very low?
  5. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    If you decided to vape 0mg juice before the test, how long would it take to clear out traces of nicotine use?
  6. Jackinkc

    Jackinkc Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Kansas City
    I spoke to my insurance agent about this. There are some companies out there that differentiate nicotine and tobacco, ecig, chew, etc. You need to ask the underwriter if they do or not.

    Good luck.
  7. WomanOfHeart

    WomanOfHeart Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    If you were a heavy smoker and also a heavy vaper, then traces of nicotine can be detected in your blood for up to 10 days or more after you've stopped your intake of nicotine.
  8. DawnOfTheDez

    DawnOfTheDez Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    Hey thanks for the feedback everyone...I am also curious as to how long it would take to clear out of my system vaping on 0mg...
  9. Crumpet

    Crumpet Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 7, 2010
    central VA
    Ask for the breath test which can test for smoke.

    I'm just about through with these ignorant MFers that don't distinguish between smoking and other forms of nicotine useage.
  10. pAth77

    pAth77 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 26, 2010
    Bay Area
    The half-life of nicotine is around 2 hours, and it takes approximately 5-7 half lives to reach a steady state. This concept is used more for reaching the ideal blood concentrations for medication to have their optimal effect, but it can also be applied to figuring out how long it takes to rid the body of a given substance. Keep in mind though that the higher the starting blood concentration, the longer it will take to clear it from your system (pretty common sense there).

    Also, you have to remember that with all laboratory instruments, there is a specific limit of detection for any compound that you are analyzing. It will vary from substance to substance. At present, the limit of detection for nicotine is 5µg/L (5 x 10^-6 g/L). The limit of detection for continine is 100ng/L (1 x 10^-7 g/L). That means that even an infinitesimally small amount of nicotine/continine in the blood can be detected.
  11. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    Yeah, we're all just about through with them, or even completely through with them.
    Now we just have to figure out what the hell we can really do about it.

    If you ask me, we all need to donate to as shown in my signature.
    At least that's what I'm doing about it.

    And of course, sending letters and signing petitions and whatever else we can do.
  12. ViewAskewVapar

    ViewAskewVapar Moved On ECF Veteran

    Feb 1, 2011
    Metro Detroit
  13. DawnOfTheDez

    DawnOfTheDez Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    I agree. So once I was dinged on my insurance premiums because I was a smoker. Then I quit and declared nonsmoker, and now they want to blood test. I get it, I really do, but like you, Crumpet, I am done with the MFers who don't recognize other forms of usage.
  14. DawnOfTheDez

    DawnOfTheDez Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    I sure don't. LOL.
  15. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    For those of you who can't stand these MFers anymore, we need you!!

    First of all, check out CASAA (CASAA | The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association) and volunteer to help.
    They are us, and we are them.

    And if you can't find time to do as much helping as you might want to do, then try to donate.
    Fight for what is right, what is true, and what you believe in.
  16. rolygate

    rolygate Forum Manager Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 24, 2009
    ECF Towers
    The most common test is for cotinine, which can stay detectable for several days in the blood.

    You can get a clearout kit to pass the test, but it involves a diet and other measures, plus abstinence for two days. Just google 'pass drug test' and similar. You have to do 2 days of cold turkey and drink loads of stuff...
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