9 thoughts on “Nicotine Tests Used By Hospitals

  1. Has anyone here ever been to a mental hospital?
    Whether you were committed, worked there, visited someone there, or whatever, what was your experience with going there?

    I would like to work in one some day, and so I would like to know if there is anything that you think I should know about working there.

  2. How can the hospital tell if I’ve given up smoking before an op?
    I need an operation but I have to give up smoking. How can they tell whether or not i am still smoking. I am going to the GP to get help but I’m worried incase I slip up.
    Why are there ppl on here who think they are so funny. Gonna try patches and hypnotherapy. as i do want to give up.

    • The most common ways would be a urine test, a blood test or a breath test.

      The urine test would be looking for cotinene, which is what the liver breaks nicotine down into. (Although there have been some problems with naturally occurring nicotine (eggplant is the most notable, but also tomatoes and potatoes), plus any nicotine replacement products you were using would throw it completely.

      The blood test and the breath test are looking for carboxyhaemoglobin and carbon monoxide in the blood and lungs respectively. Tobacco smokers, as with anyone who breaths large volumes of partially burnt plant matter, will naturally have higher volumes of carbon monoxide in their lungs, and thus carboxyhaemoglobin in their blood.
      This is probably about the only angle that they might use to justify denying you treatment if you smoke, as it is theoretically possible for this variation from the norm to cause complications with an anesthetic (although given the number of people who smoke who have had anesthetics, it’s hardly a significant factor).

      If you’re trying to quit, I’d avoid the patches (their success rate is at best woeful), and go with the hypnotherapy on its own

  3. How can you tell if someone is smoking ?
    How do you know if someone is smoking ? Is their anything in their appearance where you might be able to guess ? Or any noticable symptoms ? Or is their a way to catch them out ?

    • You can ask the suspected smoker directly, “do you smoke”. But once they say they don’t smoke and they lie about it, they will never volunteer that information,”

      Look for Nicotine stains on fingers, Yellowish stains on teeth, (can also be coffee tea etc.). Withdrawl symptoms including irritation, anger, depression, headaches, concentration problems, fatigue, constipation, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety. The smokers clothing, room, and car will smell like cigarettes or a dirty ashtray.

      Most “addicted” smokers will require a cigarette after their body has been deprived of nicotine (after sleeping). Watch behavior in the morning see if there is signs of nicotine withdrawls. If the smoker is trying to conceal the fact that they are smoking there will be a need to “be alone” during this time.

      I don’t know if this will help but, I drive to Southern California 3 times a year, and I’ve noticed that I usually go through an entire pack of cigarettes to complete a six hour drive. If there is a trip in your near future and the suspected smoker is going, (this will depend on the level of addiction in the suspected smoker) you should see some signs of nicotine withdrawls, unless the suspected smoker is wearing a nicotine patch or using some sort of nicotine replacement device (gum or lozenges).

      If you’re unable to catch ‘em in the act there will also be noticeable changes to behavior after the smoker has satisfied their need for nicotine. Most smokers feed the nicotine addiction to help themselves relax or calm down when stressed. smoking also stimulates and increases concentration.

      There is also information about a device available to hospitals for detecting carbon monoxide in the blood: http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN2220914720071023

      There are also “STEALTH” smoking detectors available that have been put to use in schools which detect the ultraviolet light present in the flame of a cigarette, lighter, or match: http://www.catchasmoker.com/

      and finally…

      A short questionnaire coupled with a urine test in the pediatrician’s office can spot teen smokers: http://preventdisease.com/news/articles/doctors_can_catch_teen_smokers.shtml

  4. How long does it take to clear nocitine from the bloodstream?
    I just quit smoking 3days ago, I have a important job interview coming up at a hospital but you are not allowed to use tabacco products if employed there and they will be drug testing for nicotine. So how long does it take to clear noitine from your body/blood??

  5. what arethe efects of exposure to propylene glycol?
    What are the effects of long term exposure to propylene glycol? I just started using E-CIGS and some of the hazards are nicotine and glycol. I really like my E-cig and I use it all the time. I was even able to quit analog cigarettes. Any help in my search will be appreciated.

    • Contrary to popular opinion, propylene glycol has been extensively tested since the 1940s.

      Propylene glycol is used in fog machines for rock concerts and as a germicidal and antibacterial agent in hospitals. It is used with lung transplant patients and a three year study on the long term effects was done in a children’s hospital during the 40s, when such studies were legal.

      Research suggests that, not only is it safe, it may help to prevent diseases and viruses. I know I haven’t had so much as a sniffle since I have been using e-cigarettes!

      I buy mine from http://e-cigexpress.com because they ship them to me in 2 or 3 days and their prices are incredible!

      You can view an entire article addressing all of the tests that have been done on propylene glycol at http://www.vapersclub.com/pg.html

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