How Long Does Nicotine Withdrawal Last

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How Long Does Nicotine Withdrawal Last


I often get asked this question, how long does nicotine withdrawal last? There is no simple answer to this question because everyone is different.

Apart from differences in our body constitution, the length of time people smoke cigarettes and the amount of cigarettes smoked daily vary widely. Some have smoked for 2 years, others have smoked for 40 years or even longer.

As expected in the scenario above, the nicotine withdrawal symptoms in the individual who has smoked for 40 years are going to last longer than the folk who’s only smoked for 2 years.

The natural progression of smokers is that the longer you smoke, the higher the likelihood of heavy smoking. The reason is that your body develops tolerance over the years, so you end up smoking more and more to top up your nicotine requirements.

Nicotine has a profound effect on your nerve pathways stemming from the brain itself, so dependency or shall we say, the addiction to nicotine has both physical and psychological ramifications.

The fact that you become irritable, restless, have problems with concentration, sleep poorly, feel jittery and anxious are all part of the physical withdrawal of nicotine.

The first effects of nicotine withdrawal will be felt within 6 hours of having your last cigarette.

However the peak time for these nicotine withdrawal side effects will be the second and third day post-smoking cessation.

From then on depending on the factors I mentioned earlier on, nicotine withdrawal will begin to diminish over a 2 – 3 week period. So in effect, you could say on average that nicotine withdrawal will last about 3 weeks. However, it could be shorter in some people and in heavy smokers who have smoked for 20 years or longer, the nicotine withdrawal could last for up to 2 months.

So you now have a rough idea of how long nicotine withdrawal does last. Most people will fall in between those withdrawal timelines.

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