What do my cotinine test results mean?
October 1, 2011 8:01 PM Subscribe
I just got back my lab results from a life insurance physical, and it's showing results for tobacco use. I had told the doctor that I'm a nonsmoker - how screwed am I?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total)
I am a light-moderate smoker (a pack or so a week), and I didn't even realize that a urine test could be used for tobacco (I'm a moron). The number on the lab results is 2.31 (no units) and there is a mysterious "H" next to the number (none of my other results have this and I'm not sure what it means. Based on some googling, it looks like below 10ng or so is unlikely for someone who is a smoker and is more likely to be secondhand smoke exposure. Is my 2.31 measured in ng or something else? What does the mysterious "H" mean? Am I going to get into legal trouble for having lied to the doctor? Can I offer to retake the test (I am perfectly capable of not smoking for a few days, even a week or so, if that would help)? Please advise!