I'm trying to get a job but they said I have to go through a tobacco screening in 2 weeks and if I don't pass then I don't get the job. I don't do drugs... i'm a social smoker and have no problem cutting off cigarettes all together and I really want this job. Does anyone know how long it takes to get this crap out of my system and how to pass this screening? Please help!
Nicotine doesn't stick around your body for too long. It has a half-life of about 60 minutes, meaning that six hours after a cigarette, only about 0.031 mg of the 1 mg of nicotine you inhaled remains in your body.
About 80 percent of nicotine is broken down to cotinine by enzymes in your liver.
Nicotine is also metabolized in your lungs to cotinine and nicotine oxide.
Cotinine and other metabolites are excreted in your urine. Cotinine has a 24-hour half-life, so you can test whether or not someone has been smoking in the past day or two by screening his or her urine for cotinine.
"Screenings can detect cotinine for up to 10 days in regular smokers of about a half a pack, or 10 cigarettes, a day, McAlpin said. Experts say it is unlikely that cotinine would collect in people exposed to secondhand smoke. " - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/...in524640.shtml
Your two weeks is pretty much on the boundary but you might scrape through. Or not.
So...if one drinks a lot of water daily 2-4 days before a nicotine test and only smokes about about 5 cigarettes a day. Could they past they test simply by flushing with water those 2-4 days before the test and of course refraining from from any smoking or smokeless products? I am going on an interview next Thursday and I don't believe they will test at they interview but; she did say they do test, and I am sure that will be done once they extend an offer and I go in for the physical etc...I too want to know the best and quickest way to pass one of these tests. I think it is dumb to begin with, I know insuring smokers is higher but; put that cost on us instead of punishing us for what we do outside of work.