Most tobacco and vaping products contain nicotine, a harmful substance that causes smoking addiction. What many people still don’t know is that traces of nicotine can stay for quite a while in a consumer’s system, even after they’ve stopped smoking and/or vaping. The interesting part is that said substance can be detected in a consumer’s:
So, regardless of whether your nicotine intake comes from smoking regular cigars and cigarettes or from vaping devices and e-cigarettes, if the tobacco and the e-liquid you are using contain nicotine, your body will absorb and process this substance nonetheless.
How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?
Once you’re done with your cigarette or your vaping session, your body ends up absorbing 90% of the nicotine you’ve just consumed, which means it simply cannot get rid of this substance too easily. Even when your body completely stops feeling the effects of nicotine, the traces of this substance will linger within your body much longer.
In fact, your body is able to remove only about 50% of the ingested nicotine within two hours after your smoking session, while getting rid of the rest of the nicotine may take up to several days.
This makes for the tricky part, actually.
This short-term half-life that nicotine features is responsible for the substance’s high addiction levels, as its immediate effects tend to subside rather quickly, making the person with the nicotine addiction in need of another dose soon after.
Cotinine as the Silent Perpetrator
Even worse than nicotine is the substance called cotinine. When nicotine is absorbed by the human body, it is then broken down even further into circa 20 other by-products includi