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How Long Does Nicotine Last?

Nicotine is an extremely addictive substance found in all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, vapes, cigars, cigarillos, cigarettes, snuff, pipes, and chewing tobacco. Although nicotine is not an illegal substance, it is illegal to sell to anyone under the age of 18, and in some states the legal purchase age is 21. Your body breaks down nicotine into different chemicals, Cotinine for example is found in your body after nicotine has been processed. Cotinine generally stays in the body longer than nicotine and can be detected in certain drug tests.

How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?

  • Urine: Three to 20 days
  • Blood: 48 hours to 21 days
  • Saliva: 24 hours to 14 days
  • Hair: Up to 90 days

Symptoms of Overdose

Ingesting too much nicotine can lead to overdose, or nicotine poisoning. Common overdose symptoms include:

  • Excessive salivation
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increase heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Confusion

Using tobacco is dangerous and is not safe, by quitting you can prolong your life and improve your health. If you struggle with nicotine addiction and want to quit reach out to your doctor for resources and treatment options. Quitting tobacco use can save your life.



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