Posted by: Joanne | 2009/08/04

Tracing nicotine in the body

Good day, please could you confirm for what period of time after a smoker has quit, a blood test can trace nicotine in the body - is it 1 month, 6 months or 12 months? If none of these, please advise the correct period. Thank you

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Hallo Joanne
About a week to 10 days after you stopped smoking it will not be detectable anymore.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Pieter | 2009/08/04

Within 20 minutes of last cigarette:
Blood pressure drops to normal
Pulse drops to normal rate
Body temperature of hands and feet increase to normal

Within 8 hours:
Carbon dioxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

Within 24 hours:
Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 48 hours:
Nerve endings start to regrow
Ability to smell and taste enhances

Within 48 - 72 hours:
Nicotine leaves the body

Within 72 hours:
Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
Lung capacity increases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months:
Circulation improves
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases up to 30%

Within 1 to 9 months:
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection .
Body' s overall energy level increases

Within 5 years:
Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 (after 10 years, rate drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 - or almost the rate of a non-smoker).

Within 10 years:
Pre-cancerous cells are replaced
Other cancers, such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and
pancreas decrease (there are 30 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer)

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