Cotinine is a chemical compound found in tobacco and nicotine.
It is used as a biomarker used to measure exposure to tobacco smoke.
The risks associated with smoking are well documented.
They include lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – which includes chronic bronchitis & emphysema.
COPD alone is estimated to affect some 330 million people worldwide.
And these are just some of the health risks associated with smoking.
All told, smoke related deaths account for about 1 in 5 mortalities in the US annually… Approximately 1,300 deaths per day.
On average, a smoker’s life expectancy is a full decade shorter than a non-smoker.
Smoking is so harmful that even in the form of secondhand inhalation, it can be deadly; as an estimated 40,000 people in the US die of secondhand smoke each year.
In fact, all non-smokers who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke should seriously consider having a blood, urine, or saliva cotinine test administered to determine how much potentially lethal tobacco smoke they are retaining in their bodies.
The good news is that if you are a smoker, you can take action to quit smoking today.
So now that you know so much about the world’s deadliest chemical compound, lets test your knowledge with a quick 5 question quiz!