Cigarette smoking harms every part of your body--from your lungs to your heart and your kidneys. Even second-hand smoke can cause as much damage to your body as smoking itself. Check if your teenager or anyone in your family has started the bad habit of cigarette smoking and prevent its ill effects with the NicAlert Urine Nicotine Test.
The Nicalert Urine Nicotine Test is an immunoassay nicotine screening test that checks for the presence of cotinine in a urine sample. Cotinine is a better indication than nicotine to screen smokers since this substance is present in the body for up to 4 days.
The Nicalert Urine Nicotine Test is simple to use. Just collect a sample of urine in a clear container, then dip the strip into the sample to a depth of 1.5cm and hold it there for 5 seconds. Place the strip on a flat surface for 10 to 15 minutes or until the blue test band disappears. A reddish color will appear beside the numbers (0 to 6) on the indicator levels. The lowest number with the reddish color is the nicotine screening test result. Studies show this test has an accuracy of 92% in detecting cotinine in saliva samples and is a good indication of second-hand smoke as well.