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How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your Body For?

Nicotine is notorious for being a hard chemical to shake off. This blog covers everything Vape Direct customers need to know about it.

Vaping has become a treasured national pastime here in the UK. Reports released by the government show that smoking continues to fall among adults. On the other hand, vape users are holding steady at around 2.7 million people[i]. 6% of the population of England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland have turned to vaping. The shift is either through the attractive flavours and satisfaction a good vape device can bring or because they are converting from smoking to vaping. Whatever the reason, the UK is growing to love vaping – but they have questions about the nicotine that potentially comes with it.

What You Need to Know About Nicotine

When you start vaping, you have multiple options in e-liquid flavour, blend, and especially in nicotine strength. It is the e-liquid which controls the nicotine content of your vape experience – not the device. You can find out Which Vape to Buy in the UK if you are a true beginner.

We Associate Nicotine with Cigarettes

Moving on. Nicotine gets a bad reputation because of its association with cigarettes. Everyone knows that cigarettes are awful for you and that they contain nicotine. They therefore think that nicotine is the reason that cigarettes are bad for us. Nicotine, although not a nutritious chemical, isn’t one of the 69 cancer causing chemicals inside your lit cigarette. Cigarettes kill you through a combination of 250+ harmful toxins. They contain more than 7,000 chemicals. In short, it is the combination of multiple harmful chemicals that slowly kills you, not the nicotine.

So What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is the addictive compound that keeps us coming back for more cigarettes, even when we know how bad they are for us. Nicotine dependence is the downside of nicotine. It works in the same way as a drug addiction. You use a little nicotine and your brain releases chemicals that make you feel satisfied. If you keep using it, you will come to rely on this feeling. You return again and again for that satisfaction. You do have to increase the strength of the nicotine in the vape juice that you use eventually. Alternatively, you will reach for an increased quantity of cigarettes.

Vaping and Nicotine

What manufacturers of vape devices did when they invented the electronic cigarette, was an attempt to find a way to use nicotine in a healthier way. Vaping allows you to receive the hit you need, without all the extra messy chemicals. Used alone, nicotine is a therapeutic chemical which we use to wean ourselves off cigarettes.

At its core, nicotine is stimulant compound which medicinal science uses as a replacement therapy in smoking cessation. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is less effective than vaping at helping smoker’s quit. Yes, it is addictive and no, it is not good for us. Used alone, however, it does far less harm than the media suggests.

How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your Body?

When we use nicotine, it remains in our body for a period. As with any drug, it remains in our blood, our urine, our hair, and our nails. Since your hair and nails take a long time to grow out (about 3 months), this is the longest drugs can be detected in the body. Depending on your physical stature and genetic disposition, nicotine usually leaves your blood and urine in 3 days.

There are different ways that your body might absorb nicotine. You could get it from NRT, from cigarettes, or from second-hand smoke. Nicotine testing methods are advanced enough to tell the difference.

What are the Testing Methods for Nicotine?

When you take out a life insurance policy, start using private health insurance, or start a new job that depends on your good health, they may ask you to take a nicotine test. When they test you, they will invite you to a laboratory or they will come to you. Nicotine tests look for three chemicals:

  • Cotinine – the primary metabolic product of nicotine
  • Nicotine
  • Anbasine – which comes from the tobacco tree

Notably, anabasine is present in cigarettes but not in nicotine replacement products. Switching to vaping means they will not find anabasine in your body.

The testing methods for nicotine are like other drug tests. When you visit the laboratory, a healthcare professional will draw blood or take a urine sample from you. This allows them to control the circumstances and ensure there is no cheating.

It may go without saying, but the best way to pass an anabasine test is to switch from tobacco products to nicotine replacement products, such as vape devices.

You may give a sample at home with a home testing kit. These contain clear instructions on how to give a urine, hair, or fingernail sample. You can read more about the process of both lab and at-home testing on Testing.com.

How Can I Test Negative for Nicotine?

You can avoid testing positive for nicotine in your system if you stop using it before your test. This is the only guaranteed way to successfully test negative. You shouldn’t cheat on a nicotine test as it is technically insurance fraud. However, if we were to try to pass a nicotine test without quitting, we might try the following things.

The simplest way to pass the nicotine test is to stop using nicotine a week or two before your test. The recommended advice is that you cease using it 10 days before your test. This is because the blood test for nicotine can detect cotinine in your body for up to 10 days after you quit. There is no proven way to make nicotine disappear from a blood test. In this case, prevention is your only cure.

Nicotine itself will be in your urine for anything up to three days after you quit. Within 4 days, neither nicotine nor cotinine will be present in your urine. Drinking plenty of fluids and filling your body with electrolytes can help you to expel chemicals through urine faster. If you have a urine test in three days’ time, drinking extra water might help push the nicotine and cotinine out of the body.

Remember, if the test uses your hair or nails, the insurance company can still detect nicotine use months after your last use. You can help pass the nicotine by cutting your hair and nails often.

Do All Insurance Companies Test for Nicotine?

No, not all insurance companies test for nicotine. They are most likely to ask you to take a nicotine test when you are buying life insurance. Life insurance policies require you to take a nicotine test when you decide to buy certain types of coverage. Remember that you can buy life insurance even if you are a smoker. Companies test because 23% of all policy holders fail to disclose smoking in their applications.

Nicotine-Free E-Liquid is a Good Alternative

Nicotine-free e-liquid is a great option for those of you who want to vape but don’t want to risk an addiction. Secondly, nicotine-free vape juice fulfils the need to ‘smoke something’ when you are quitting smoking. You can even use nicotine-free juice as a target or goal to reach when you know you have successfully quit smoking. Check out some of these Reasons to Vape Without Nicotine if you need further reading.

Where to Buy Nicotine-Free Vape Juices

You can buy nicotine-free e-liquids from our Milton Keynes based vape shop. We sell a range of nicotine-free vape flavours in our online store. Since many vaping juices come in short or long fill bottles of 50ml, 100ml, or 150ml, and these refill your vape device. Traditionally, you would mix them with nicotine but you don’t have to add the nicotine shot if you don’t want to.

 

[i] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vaping-in-england-evidence-update-february-2021/vaping-in-england-2021-evidence-update-summary#vaping-among-adults

 

Nicotine is notorious for being a hard chemical to shake off. This blog covers everything Vape Direct customers need to know about it.

Vaping has become a treasured national pastime here in the UK. Reports released by the government show that smoking continues to fall among adults. On the other hand, vape users are holding steady at around 2.7 million people[i]. 6% of the population of England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland have turned to vaping. The shift is either through the attractive flavours and satisfaction a good vape device can bring or because they are converting from smoking to vaping. Whatever the reason, the UK is growing to love vaping – but they have questions about the nicotine that potentially comes with it.

What You Need to Know About Nicotine

When you start vaping, you have multiple options in e-liquid flavour, blend, and especially in nicotine strength. It is the e-liquid which controls the nicotine content of your vape experience – not the device. You can find out Which Vape to Buy in the UK if you are a true beginner.

We Associate Nicotine with Cigarettes

Moving on. Nicotine gets a bad reputation because of its association with cigarettes. Everyone knows that cigarettes are awful for you and that they contain nicotine. They therefore think that nicotine is the reason that cigarettes are bad for us. Nicotine, although not a nutritious chemical, isn’t one of the 69 cancer causing chemicals inside your lit cigarette. Cigarettes kill you through a combination of 250+ harmful toxins. They contain more than 7,000 chemicals. In short, it is the combination of multiple harmful chemicals that slowly kills you, not the nicotine.

So What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is the addictive compound that keeps us coming back for more cigarettes, even when we know how bad they are for us. Nicotine dependence is the downside of nicotine. It works in the same way as a drug addiction. You use a little nicotine and your brain releases chemicals that make you feel satisfied. If you keep using it, you will come to rely on this feeling. You return again and again for that satisfaction. You do have to increase the strength of the nicotine in the vape juice that you use eventually. Alternatively, you will reach for an increased quantity of cigarettes.

Vaping and Nicotine

What manufacturers of vape devices did when they invented the electronic cigarette, was an attempt to find a way to use nicotine in a healthier way. Vaping allows you to receive the hit you need, without all the extra messy chemicals. Used alone, nicotine is a therapeutic chemical which we use to wean ourselves off cigarettes.

At its core, nicotine is stimulant compound which medicinal science uses as a replacement therapy in smoking cessation. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is less effective than vaping at helping smoker’s quit. Yes, it is addictive and no, it is not good for us. Used alone, however, it does far less harm than the media suggests.

How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your Body?

When we use nicotine, it remains in our body for a period. As with any drug, it remains in our blood, our urine, our hair, and our nails. Since your hair and nails take a long time to grow out (about 3 months), this is the longest drugs can be detected in the body. Depending on your physical stature and genetic disposition, nicotine usually leaves your blood and urine in 3 days.

There are different ways that your body might absorb nicotine. You could get it from NRT, from cigarettes, or from second-hand smoke. Nicotine testing methods are advanced enough to tell the difference.

What are the Testing Methods for Nicotine?

When you take out a life insurance policy, start using private health insurance, or start a new job that depends on your good health, they may ask you to take a nicotine test. When they test you, they will invite you to a laboratory or they will come to you. Nicotine tests look for three chemicals:

  • Cotinine – the primary metabolic product of nicotine
  • Nicotine
  • Anbasine – which comes from the tobacco tree

Notably, anabasine is present in cigarettes but not in nicotine replacement products. Switching to vaping means they will not find anabasine in your body.

The testing methods for nicotine are like other drug tests. When you visit the laboratory, a healthcare professional will draw blood or take a urine sample from you. This allows them to control the circumstances and ensure there is no cheating.

It may go without saying, but the best way to pass an anabasine test is to switch from tobacco products to nicotine replacement products, such as vape devices.

You may give a sample at home with a home testing kit. These contain clear instructions on how to give a urine, hair, or fingernail sample. You can read more about the process of both lab and at-home testing on Testing.com.

How Can I Test Negative for Nicotine?

You can avoid testing positive for nicotine in your system if you stop using it before your test. This is the only guaranteed way to successfully test negative. You shouldn’t cheat on a nicotine test as it is technically insurance fraud. However, if we were to try to pass a nicotine test without quitting, we might try the following things.

The simplest way to pass the nicotine test is to stop using nicotine a week or two before your test. The recommended advice is that you cease using it 10 days before your test. This is because the blood test for nicotine can detect cotinine in your body for up to 10 days after you quit. There is no proven way to make nicotine disappear from a blood test. In this case, prevention is your only cure.

Nicotine itself will be in your urine for anything up to three days after you quit. Within 4 days, neither nicotine nor cotinine will be present in your urine. Drinking plenty of fluids and filling your body with electrolytes can help you to expel chemicals through urine faster. If you have a urine test in three days’ time, drinking extra water might help push the nicotine and cotinine out of the body.

Remember, if the test uses your hair or nails, the insurance company can still detect nicotine use months after your last use. You can help pass the nicotine by cutting your hair and nails often.

Do All Insurance Companies Test for Nicotine?

No, not all insurance companies test for nicotine. They are most likely to ask you to take a nicotine test when you are buying life insurance. Life insurance policies require you to take a nicotine test when you decide to buy certain types of coverage. Remember that you can buy life insurance even if you are a smoker. Companies test because 23% of all policy holders fail to disclose smoking in their applications.

Nicotine-Free E-Liquid is a Good Alternative

Nicotine-free e-liquid is a great option for those of you who want to vape but don’t want to risk an addiction. Secondly, nicotine-free vape juice fulfils the need to ‘smoke something’ when you are quitting smoking. You can even use nicotine-free juice as a target or goal to reach when you know you have successfully quit smoking. Check out some of these Reasons to Vape Without Nicotine if you need further reading.

Where to Buy Nicotine-Free Vape Juices

You can buy nicotine-free e-liquids from our Milton Keynes based vape shop. We sell a range of nicotine-free vape flavours in our online store. Since many vaping juices come in short or long fill bottles of 50ml, 100ml, or 150ml, and these refill your vape device. Traditionally, you would mix them with nicotine but you don’t have to add the nicotine shot if you don’t want to.

 

 

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