Bout 72 hours depending on your addiction/consumption/use.
Nice information. Nicotine stays in the blood for several hours, up to 48 hours to be precise. After this it cannot be detected in the blood or urine. However, the metabolite of nicotine which is known as Cotinine leaves its traces in blood as well as in urine for up to 7 days. Nicotine is a very highly addictive chemical that is the main component of cigarettes. Your body, especially your heart and lungs, will usually begin to heal at 12 hours after you've had your last cigarette/ stopped smoking.
So why is it then, that when you are applying for life insurance and you tell them that you have quit smoking, they will wait exactly one year, come back, and do a mouth swab to see if you have indeed quit smoking for that full one year?
Hubby just applied and two different companies sent nurses over. Both nurses told us that up until one full year has passed since your quit date, the swabs they use will detect nicotine. If they find nicotine at that point you will have to pay a higher rate.
So why would they tell us this if it's untrue? I know that some people who quit smoking will often start again at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years. Perhaps they are telling this lie in hopes that you won't start up again at your 1st anniversary?
I'm truly confused.
I am 47 years old and have smoked since I was 15. I finally kicked the habit 3 weeks ago. Honestly I wouldn't have done so without my vapor. At this point I use my vapor only a few times throughout the day. I recently applied for a job and they have a very strict nicotine policy. If I quit the the vapor, how long will it take to not test positive? This job is in a hospital and I suspect the test is done by a finger stick.
it should take about three or so days for the nicotine to clear your system, drink lots of cranberry juice and water in those three days to help...exercise too...