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How long does the effect of social smoking stay ?

I m a light smoker and my husband is a pack a day smoker inside our home. I was given the opportunity 3 days ago to apply for an internal position at a hospital that just started a no nicotine policy and will give pre employment cotinine testing (only on new employees). Even though I couldn t see the job externally since I don t work there and was contacted directly by the Director of the program, will they still give me a cotinine test? My interview is tomorrow therefore I wasn t able to even attempt quitting social smoking .
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I'm sorry that I will not be in a position to tell you whether the company would do a cotinine test on you or not. This entirely depends on the organisation's own drug screening policy, and such policies vary from organisation to organisation.

So, I would suggest that you contact the relevant authorities of the company to clarify if a cotinine test is usually done compulsorily for all employees (internal or external).

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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