How Long Does Nicotine Stay in Your System?

Nicotine is a dangerous chemical inside of cigarettes which is primarily used to create addiction. For those wanting to quit, it is important to know how long that nicotine will remain in their system, as that can give them a good idea of how soon they will start to suffer severe withdrawal symptoms.

When nicotine levels lower, such as several hours after the last cigarette, cravings for the next one can start. Once all nicotine is removed from the body’s systems, more powerful withdrawal symptoms will begin.Side effects of nicotine on the human body

When a person stops smoking, nicotine will start to disappear from their body. Once that happens, they will eventually lose all remnants of nicotine out of their system. For some, that process can take as little as three days. For others, it can take up to three months. It all depends on how much nicotine a person absorbed, how long they had been using nicotine and what measures they are taking to get rid of nicotine.

It is also important to note that once nicotine goes into the body, most of it becomes cotinine. This is a slightly different chemical, but it has basically the same effects. Both the nicotine and cotinine have to be removed from the body for that person to be truly nicotine free.

There are a few ways that a person could speed up the process of cleansing their body of these chemicals. The easiest way is to drink plenty of water. This flushes out the system and gets rid of many toxins within the body. Additionally, foods and drinks that are full of antioxidants (berries, juices, etc.) can help to purge the body’s systems as well. Unlike alcohol, nicotine stays longer in the system and also can be detected for during nicotine testing for extended periods of time.

People can also exercise, which helps improve their body’s immunity and resistance to negative effects. It allows their body’s systems to work faster and stronger, pushing out toxins at an accelerated rate.

How quickly all of this works will depend on the kind of diet a person has, how active they already are and what kind of effects nicotine has already caused to their body.

Nicotine penetrates different areas of the body, particularly the blood, urine, saliva and hair. There are actually individual tests for each of these areas of the body that tests how free said area is of nicotine. Each portion of the body drains of nicotine at different rates. So while nicotine may be expelled from the blood in as little as a day after a person quits smoking, it may take as long as 15 or 20 days for it to be expelled from the urine. Once again, these times will vary depending on a variety of factors, most of which have to do with how long a person has been smoking.

Those trying to remove nicotine from their system should keep in mind that the effects are long lasting, and cravings and withdrawal symptoms may last as long as three years. That is why so many people fail to quit smoking completely.

125 Comments

  1. I quit smoking cigarettes 11 days ago and have Been on a vapor pen 0/0 mg. of nicotine for 5 days…???? I smoked for 35 years and it’s hard. Specially right now that my boyfriend went to balcony yo smoke a cigarrete. Help me!!!! I need to to be nicotine free for a surgical procedure and because I’d like to use this opportunity to quit for good!!!

    • I have been on Chantex for a week now and it is really helping and I have a vapor 0 nic I smoked for 35yrs also so good luck we both need it luck from New Orleans

    • Same story for me, only I continued to vape for 3 years…until I couldn’t get a full breath… and actually increased my nicotine intake. I truly believe vaping is as damaging as smoking. Nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug and, I’m sorry to say, having a partner who smokes will always be a negative. Best of luck to you… please don’t give up!

    • How are you doing? I quit less than 2 days ago because i have a surgical procedure coming to and read your post and know exactly the help me feeling. Heart ❤️ goes out to you.

      • Day 2 for me as well, I also have an upcoming surgery. My PCP gave me Wellbutrin, so far so good, but wow this is hard..

    • I’m in the same Situation Sid need to quit for surgery started on a vaporiser today not easy but it could all be worth it good luck

    • Wow! Sid,
      Keep up the good work. You have come to far to turn back now. Congratulations! I’m happy for you because our story is very similar, it’s been 16 days for me quitting, and same here I’m having a surgery procedure and had to stop in order to have it done.

    • I’m in the same position. I have to have surgery and the surgery will not be performed until I am six weeks smoke-free at least. And the doctor will drug test me. I went six days before I smoked a cigarette and now I feel like I have to start all over again.

    • Hi Sid,
      I’m in similar situation. A smoker of 48 years and my doctor won’t do the surgery until I’m nicotine free.
      I need to have a MRSA infected patch removed from a hernia repair 5 years ago. I thought it was kind of a strange requirement to make to a patient looking for relief from some pretty serious pain. I’m hoping the abdominal pain may help distract from the pain of quitting smoking. Hope you were able to get nico-free and your surgical procedure went well..

    • Hi Sid. I need to quit for spinal surgery and I was wondering how your procedure went. This is really hard. I have smoked for 50 years and now I need this nicotine gone. Hope all went well with you.

    • Hey there. Just wondering if you were able to quit for surgery and if so, how long and how did it go? I’m in a similar situation and there are only 4 weeks til I’m under the knife!

      • Hey Jim W
        Imagine… Look in your mirror, cover your bottom jaw and lip with your hand, that’s what you’ll look like after they remove your jaw and tongue from cancer, by chew tobacco, my younger brother lived like this, for 3 yrs… Then found cancer in his throat. He opted no more surgery, he passed at 39.. Hope it scares you enough to quit chew

    • Try Allen Carr’s easy way to quit smoking or his book called ” How to stop smoking and e-cigarettes”. You won’t be as afraid.

    • I detoxed from opioids and it was brutal.
      I quit cold turkey off of 600 mg of morphine per day in 2009. I been smoking since I was 12 and I quit 30 days ago for surgery. Quitting smoking really is easy compared to opioids. I will never smoke again.
      The way I looked at it was opioids are from a flower and I refuse to let a flower kill me.
      So refuse to let tobacco kill you.
      We are more powerful than any plants liquid or substance on this Earth keep that in mind.

    • I started chantix 11 days ago. I’ve smoked for 40 yrs. I didn’t expect it to be easy, even with taking chantix, But on day 8, I seemed to have lost the enjoyment of smoking, and only had 3, next day 2. I haven’t had a cig since sat. 10pm. I still have a urge, but so far, I just keep putting it off. Good luck with quiting

      • I too have been smoking for 40 years, have attempted quitting 4 times now and always ended up smoking again. Am using Champix now and haven’t had a cigg in 9 weeks, I have 1 week more to go on the Champix and am done taking them.

        I know I have this beat this time 🙂

  2. I’m now 67 and have smoked around 50 years…
    The generic patches really work. Tried a yr ago and lasted a month. Trying again with only using 2weeks of the patches. Now it’s been 6 weeks today-YIPEEEEE! I’m surprised how easy it has become. The cravings come but go away quickly maybe 4 times during the day, they last only a few minutes. Just think of other things. Suck and breathe through a straw (a thought). My breathing has become so much better. Was really worried about black specks in phlem I coughed up… good ol’ internet
    says it is tar dislodging from lungs – ISH! Oh well, at least it’s leaving the ol bod! That lasted a couple of weeks now has stopped.
    When you get a craving do something or think of something else. If I can do it –
    YOU CAN DO IT GANG, HANG IN THERE!

    Jan

    • I’m on day 4. I’ve smoked 42 yrs. I’m over it! I’m tired of worrying if I smell bad to others. I’m tired of them ruling my life! I’m tired of the fact I can’t laugh with having a coughing spasm!
      I told all my peeps that if they catch me with a cig after oct 1 I have to give them $20. I made it even more painful to pick one up! ?
      I’m using TBX free, stop smoking aid. Love them. They have no nicotine but aid in the cravings. So far so good!
      We can do anything we make our minds up to do! By God I’m doing it this time!

    • I’m on day 3 and I had hoped it would be better than day 1, but it seems to be worse. But I have smoked for 40 years, so I guess it is to be expected. Jan – you inspire me. You made it to 6 weeks and are expelling junk from your lungs. Surprised that after 6 weeks, you still get urges.
      OH – Boy! I really need to quit – COPD, but even having that – it is still such a struggle. So hard!

      • I am on day 17 Maggie and I felt the same…. day 1 – 4 seemed easier than day 5-8…. I broke down and bought a pack…. 1 – 3 per day but now that the pack is gone… I must STOP… although 1 – 3 per day is much better than 16 or more …. stopping is the goal….35 yr. smoker …brother has COPD… I want to quit…. you can do it Maggie…. distraction IS the key…. eating lots of candy and nicotine gum.

  3. I’m in the cutting back stage-target quit date is Sunday. Nicotine patches/gum/mints upset my stomach but found a product called TBX Free-it’s nicotine free and relatively inexpensive on Amazon. I’ve smoked for 30+ years but this makes cigarettes not taste like they used to so I’m pleased. Also, oddly, diet sprite has a bit of a bite and that’s helping.

    Hang in there everybody!

  4. I have smoked for over fifty years. I’m have KNEE replacement November 7th. The doctor called late yesterday afternoon and said that before I can have surgery I have to pass a urine test. Short notice.

  5. Been a smoker for many years, not heavy, but really want to quit. My husband is continuing to smoke so it’s going to be tough but it’s not enjoyable for me any more, so I just pray everyday that I will start the journey and I’ve decided tomorrow is the day so it begins…keep fighting the good fight it’s worth it…

  6. hi i thort id never give up smoking i found it to be the hardest thing in life lol…. i now have this job i love so much the thing is your not allowed to smoke, well you can but you get court your gone. people would say smoke after work ONLY. haha i cant do that 7 wks ago i put a patch on i havent smoked since my hubby smokes it dont bother me. friends smoke that has no effect on me either. im not missing anything and yes i have had the odd craving but that soon passes. im proud of me and so is my hubby. so guys its possiable

  7. I have been smoke free for 3 months I did it cold turkey. Blood pressure is down but eating a little to much lately but I am going to stick it out then worry about weight later. Good luck all.

  8. Quit smoking September 22nd 2005 when I was admitted to the hospital after tests showed I had been having minor heart attacks, ignored the severe pain in upper left arm above elbow to shoulder and around between my shoulder blades. Had single bypass surgery . That was 11years ago. Survived the death of both parents and my oldest son and didn’t start smoking, but recent situations and I start smoking… it’s been 5 days of smoking,, but am putting them down today as I see the disappointment in my husbands and families eyes. I did it once, I can do it again. By the way I had smoked over 30 years when I quit the first time, so 5 days may be a bit stressful I can do it with the support and love of my family.

  9. Anyone a 1 1/2 to 2 pack a day smoker for around 28 years who quit? I am on crazy train withdrawals right now and it is awful because it is riding me constant. I am at almost the 2 day mark give an hour or so. I have 7 more days off work to settle out but if after two I am a wreck what will 7 more bring… I am still going thru crazy withdrawals? I gave stats so you know that I was a heavy smoker no light smoking but a true serious addict who chain smoked at times. All input and tips appreciated.

  10. On my 3rd week trying hard to give up but finding it hard on patches prior to first lot of patches my breath test was 20 after week one it went from 20 – 5 second week went from 5 -2 chemist said I really need to be off completely by week 5 I’m having one fag in morning one at night which is really good for me so I thought but chemist kinda tell me off in a nice way but I came out thinking I need a cigarette after that but didn’t as I am trying hard some people may take a little longer than the 5 weeks the chemist expect not everyone is same or am I just trying to talk myself in to smoking again I’ll give patches a try this week and if I fail that I’ll give up trying to give up lol

  11. I’ve tried quitting several times after about 13 years of smoking (now 33). Today is day two and I’m on wellbutrin to help with the cravings and it’s surprisingly not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The first week was tough. .I started the meds, smoked 4-5 cigs one day, 3 the next, 2 the following. .until I got down to 1 cigarette on the last day (only allowed to smoke for 7 days after starting meds). On the last day, I lit up and it tasted so gross, I only got through about half and I put it out. Same thing later that evening. I told myself, “this is it! Today’s the last day you’re smoking” and although it’s only been 2 days since my last cig, I’m pretty damn proud of myself. I can already feel a difference in my breathing and my hair, fingers, and clothes actually don’t wreak. I don’t have to cover my hair on my lunch break in fear that the students will smell me. .lol. A few other things that are helping are: almonds, grapes, apples, carrots – anything crunchy or small/healthy to redirect myself from thinking of cigs. It also helps from not eating bad since there are horror stories about gaining weight after quitting. It doesn’t make you gain weight! It increases your appetite, yes, but instead of picking up that burger (mmmmm), choose better things to snack on. Good luck!

  12. I am also quitting for a surgical procedure. I’m using Chantex. I haven’t had a smoke since Friday night, but I’m eating like I haven’t been fed in weeks. I’m up 8 lbs. I’m so depressed about the weight. It’s really hard to fight. The Chantex works. I have no bad side effects except for an upset stomach shortly after I take it, but it doesn’t last long. I need to do a urine test next week. If it’s not nicotine free, the Dr won’t do the surgery. I always said I wanted to quit smoking, but being forced to quit makes it a lot tougher for me.
    I really enjoyed smoking, but hated the smell that lingered. I mean smoking was the best drug. It would be whatever I wanted it to me. A relaxer, a appetite suppressant, a pick me up. I mean just what ever I needed it would be.

  13. This is my 51st day of being smoke free, I’m doing this in order to give my Dad whom I love very very much a kidney. I look at it this way he is saving my life as I hope to save his, the trasplant team has taken blood & urine samples. I have to wait 3 month for them to even test me to make sure in the mean time my Dad is on dialysis for 5 years. There are times when I see him after his sessions. How drained he is and it bteaks my heart. All his tests are done,mine have jist barely began til my 3 months are up. I dont know why they dont do my testing while I’m no longer smoking it feels like a sad situation.

  14. I have quit many times but until I used NLP and hypnotherapy I would always start again after a few weeks or months. Usually I would start again when I was drinking or feeling stressed. If you want to make quitting easy try using Hypnotherapy, NLP or the latest method EFT to eliminate cravings. Now I’ve been smoke free for over 20 years.

  15. Hello courageous non-smokers This is my third day without a cigarette. I was a smoker for 40+ years. Lately I have been smoking up to two packs a day. The first day I wore AA patch the last two days o didn’t wear any.

    Is this a good idea. I thought that if I didn’t use the patch, that the nicotine would leave the body quickly; a few days vs. wearing the patch which would keep nicotine in the body until the patch is removed.

    . I am around smokers. Is this smart not to wear the patch?

  16. Almost going to a year without smoking, haven’t felt this great. the challenge of this game is keep your mind distracted.. Tell yourself “its my body and not a lousy cigarette will tell me otherwise nor take over me” maybe sign on to a local gym and work out.

  17. 60 and just had a stint put in. I’m 2 days smoke free. Trying cold turkey. I quit in my 30’s for 10 years then picked it up again. If I’m successful this time, I won’t ever allow myself to get sucked back in.

  18. I am on day 5. Quitting the vape. it was such a horrible addiction. four days ago I was vaping non stop, as usual, then sat to do breathing and yoga, and all of a sudden the left side of my chest almost exploded with pain. took me two hours of pain to be able to take a deep full breath again. I realized that I no longer want to smoke, vape, or do anything related to nicotine. it is a drug. just as bad as any other drug. I no longer want to be a slave to it.
    Quitting it is really is so excruciatingly difficult. But possible. We can do it. I have done it before. I wuit smoking several times. For years. But would always start again. I am reading Alan Carr’s book “easy way to quit smoking” and I am remembering how the chest hurt this time, and also my left arm and hand and left cheek went numb back in April, and I lost ability to control speech for an hour or so. that was all thanks to vaping. I took a ton of deep drags on my vape, as usual, and then all that numbness started.
    We do not have to suffer from any of these symptoms. We can eliminate these risks. This is such an unnecessary obstacle to healthy living, to enjoying life, and to being free from addictions.
    let exercise be our addiction. that one is healthy:)
    gosh, day five…. I wish it were month five.

  19. for health reason I’ve had to quit I’m now on my second day smoke free and I’m finding the hardest part is the habit I have built up over the years when I make a cuppa I always have a fag after food and I’m finding my self reaching for where my tobacco used to be almost with out thinking my body just moves any advice for breaking this habit

  20. Hi, I quit smoking Sept 4, 2016 after doing laser treatment. I have smoked for 40 years. I found the laser treatment to be very effective to get passed the first week and now I’m smoke free and what a great feeling. The cravings are naturally still there but they go just as fast as they came. My wife is totally amazed how easy it really was and frankly, I am too!

    just keep pushing along, you can do it, you just have to want to 🙂

  21. Hey, fellow nicotine sufferers. I quit smoking 16 months ago. (First it was Newport 100’s, then to roll-em tobacco around 40/day.) I couldn’t breathe and just got on the methadone program for opiate abuse and addiction. Age 63 then. Hated not breathing normally and all that BS. But, it’s not BS – so vitally important for us.
    I started on Nicotine Lozenges 4mg/mini. Got really addicted to ’em or was just still hooked on the nic from smoking. Many of my friends from AA were proud of me but I just couldn’t quit the lozenges. My doctor mostly prescribed them for me. It became a pain in the ass to get them. She wanted me off ’em. Told me to taper, increase the time between, and all that.
    Finally, she wanted me to see a hypno-therapist but her schedule was full. It was my choice and decision to go on Chantix. I know that nicotine is far from harmless.
    Today is my 8th day on Chantix. I bought my last pack of nicotine lozenges this morning but did not open it. “When will the right day come?” Damnit!
    That’s it. Today is my quit day. Cracked a few beers today. I am not supposed to drink because of the MMT but fuck it. I blew off one class today. I am a junior at Worcester State University.
    Tomorrow is group day at the clinic. Then, I have to get back to AA. My friends will break my balls about “Where have you been, you asshole?”
    They are right. I need to get back on antabuse, for alcohol dependence. It keeps me from drinking.
    BTW, I am very happy with my life. I am 64, in no trouble with the law. Not doing hard drugs. On the clinic. A junior in college. I just get hooked on anything!
    Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers!

    Mikie

  22. I have been using the patch to help. Second time around. I have not bought a pack in almost 4 months, but I would steal a couple cigs off my mom, when I would visit. 2 or 3 times a week. The first 3 months were pretty easy, but just like the 1st time, after about 3 months, mentally, I start going over the edge, anxiety, so, I just saw where it can take up to 3 months for it to totally leave your system?? So, that must be what is happening, I just smoked a cig, but after reading this, I put on a patch, it is calming me a lot. Just something to keep in mind.

  23. It sure is hard but good for you all, it’s day 9 for me. ? I had quit for nine years after I found out I was pregnant with my first born. Never looked back but picked up after I separated with my husband 13 years later. Been smoking for five cents and I just woke up one day and thought screw this filthy habit I started it years ago when I was a teenager thinking it was cool and got stuck fighting this battle all of my life. It’s only nine years of a break and freedom from it. Well going to the gym and then lighting up after is counterproductive and I’m tired of the expense my children want me to stop. So I am and on Zyban and it’s certainly taking off the edge. But also prayer is helping me through to asking God to take this for me. Good luck to all. ?

  24. I’ve smoked for 48 years…YIKES! I’m a serial-quitter, the longest time lasting 2-1/2 years. That was the first time I quit, and I swear, the hardest. No patch back then except by prescription. I switched to little bandits (chew)…and started to like them a LOT, which horrified my husband. (He did not want a ‘chew spitting’ wife. Go figure.) Finally, I kicked the habit…but went back after 2-1/2 years. From there, I tried quitting multiple times, at least once or twice a year. Sometimes it would last a month, sometimes a week, and occasionally six months…and I’ve gone through every viable crutch. The patch, the gum, the vape E-cig, the little white pills you must take with food (can’t remember the name), and Wellbutrin (which I’m staying on, smoking or not, and it definitely diminishes the desire for a cig. But I’m done with all the other crutches because I want the nicotine out of my system for good. I say all this, sure, because I’m only on day two…white knuckling it, but determined.

    • I’m on day three.I started taking champix 12 days ago.I didn’t even realize that I hadn’t had a cigarette until the second day. I’m a professional at quitting….I do it all the time.I hope that the champix works.

  25. I’m about to quit tomorrow, cold turkey. I’m honestly nervous about the side effects. This is one of many, many times I’ve tried quitting but definitely the last time because I’m done with smoking. The funny thing is I hate smoking but I hate the process of quitting. It’s miserable but the end result will be worth it.

    • I am also quitting tomorrow I have been smoking 40+ yrs, I am almost 65 and I have had it being the only one of my friends that smoke and I am really hating the smell on me and the fact I have put my health in danger because of a stupid habit that I never should of started … I will pray for you all to have success..

  26. I am on 2 weeks the cravings do come and go but very quick. Try changing other habits. I associated my morning cup of coffee with my first cigarette. Now I shower first and drink a glass of water, then I can drink my coffee with no cravings. You can do it.

    • Lol, I am proud of you!!! I am starting my journey today! I smoked off and on since 1989, when I met that jerk that introduced me to that demon. This is my first day and I am experiencing cravings but I am going to quit to enjoy my life. I will be 50 on December 18th and I am just tired of smoking. I started my weight loss journey January 23, 2016 and I was weighing 184 and now I am at 124!!! Feeling Kk about it !!! My dentist said last week he never Knew that I smoke until I told him!!! He said proud of wght loss but stop smoking is more important than weight loss!!! My feelings were hurt!!! I suffer from anxiety and soon as I light a cigarette the anxiety kicks in and ruins my day!!!! I am ready to get in the gym and body build ready to say bye to another bad habit!!!! Let’s all do this together!!! Think of your health and get rid of the negative distorted thoughts that plaque your mind!!!! Think of the benefits and the money you save!!! I responded to your post because my BFF quit ten years ago and said the same phrase about the chewing gum!!! Happy Holidays and God Bless all!!!

      • I’ll be 40 on December 28th and am on day 8 of a smoke-free life after 20 years of smoking. We will both be smoke free on these milestone bdays this year. Congratulations and Happy early Birthday!!!

  27. It’s been 2 hours since I last smoked, another 8640 hours and I would have completed a year, if my math is right.
    I started smoking at age 20 and now I’m 42, a pack and half a day. May be some day I’ll have some sense and quit cold turkey. I really want to but my job which involves dealing with the most dumbest human beings on earth, makes me smoke like crazy, Shit if there were drugs I’d probably also take them. Any way someday I’ll quit and that will be the best day of my life. Cheers.

  28. I quit for 7 years and every day I still wanted one. First couple of times I tried a cigarette it was so nasty I had to brush my teeth. For me it wasn’t so much wanting one it was doing something with my hands. I would fold napkins then unfold and refold over and over. Or tap a lighter or a pencil from end to end. Drove me nuts. Finally the last time I tried a cigarette I went and bought a carton. Twelve years later I’m still smoking.

  29. I am trying my best because I need to have spine surgery. The Dr’s won’t do it if they know that i havent quit. Well ive smoked 2 pks 3 weeks. When I am a normal pk to pk 1/2a day. So I give myself cootos for that part of not smoking. I know I need to keep quit. Lord knows im trying.

  30. Day 14 and it’s getting easier. I used the patch for the 1st 4 days. Already, my morning cough went away. It’s amazing!! Smoked all my life and I’m almost 60y/o. Never thought I could do it.

  31. Egad….today told I need spinal surgery before Christmas so HAVE to stop smoking immediately. Have 2 left so one tonight and one in the morning.

    Going to have to get something to do with my hands constantly like a craft ect.
    Hubby has done it and so have both my sons, so no sympathy from them..buck up.

  32. Everyone keep it up!!! It’s for all the right reasons. The sooner the decision, the better. I want to see my daughter grow into her life, with me.

  33. I smoked cigarettes for over 30 years. I started smoking the e cigarettes about 4 years ago and never touched a regular cigarette again. The problem is that they are so addictive and I was able to smoke them anywhere. I tried to quit several times and I wouldn’t last a day. Finally I got an upper respiratory infection and could not smoke. So that was the perfect time to quit. It’s been 3 days. I want to join my gym workout classes but I can’t breathe. Maybe now I can.

  34. Day 1 down no cigarette but it is so hard felt irritated and my aniety through the roof the other day felt like i couldn’t breath i knew it was time to quit.My husband still smokes but i put them in the bedroom so i wouldn’t look at them been smoke free 1 time for 3 years then like a dummy went back this time i am sticking to it.I have lost weight and now quitting ready to be healthy.Want to wish every one good luck in this hard and difficult journey.

  35. Congrats to all those making the attempt. I just celebrated my 12 year anniversary after smoking for 40 years.

    I always used to say quitting is easy I’ve done it hundreds of times.

    I can certainly tell you it gets easier and easier as you go along but even after 12 years I occasionally have something trigger the urge again. I just tell myself no way in hell am I going back down that road again, stop whatever I was doing, think of something else and the urge passes quickly.

    After the first week the urge is all psychological. You need to trick your brain into not thinking about it. Break those routines and habits that you associate with smoking. Like the poster who spoke of morning coffee and cigarettes, change the routine and you change the urge.

    I started chewing bubble gum and it really helped. I say bubble gum instead of regular gum because you can chew it really hard. That’s why ball players use it to replace chewing tobacco.

    I believe smokers are just like alcoholics… you’re never an ex-smoker you’re always a recovering smoker/nicotine addict. You can’t have “just one”.

    Sure it’s hard but I promise you the rewards are so worth it. You’ll be amazed at how much better the world around you smells and how much better food tastes and just think of all the things you can buy with the money you save! I used to put the cost of cigs in a jar for every day I quit. At $5 a pack, look at how much money you will have at the end of a year to go buy some nice reward for yourself.

    PS. You’ll be shocked to find out how bad other smokers smell.

    Good luck and best wishes for you to celebrate your 12th anniversary.

  36. I’ve smoked for 10 years!! I have been smoke free for 9 days now. 5 days of the patch and 4 days free of all nicotine. Hoping to quit for good! It’s tuff but I’m hanging on there.

  37. 83 days after 40 yrs of smoking. I’m using the app Smoke Free. It counts days smoke free, cigarettes not smoked, money saved as well as hours of life regained. It actually helps. Only 83 days and over 2,000 cigarettes not smoked. That to me is incredible. Keep your head straight, it’s a mind game.

  38. first off…i do wish the industries would change the head set to STOP and abandon the use of the word QUIT…i believe “quit” was LONG AGO instilled by the psycho-savvy tobacco ad agencies because while the dictionary meaning is accurate, the word quit is associated more with failure and anti-survival. I smoked for 35 years and quit many tomes…over a decade has passed and i can say i STOPPED once. I found it VERY helpful to SLOWLY go through “the ritual” in my mind…I’d picture myself to…pick up the pack…remove a cigarette…put it between my lips…get a light…strike a flame…put the flame to the cigarette and frankly, by that slo-mo time, i did NOT want to actually smoke! I was lucky and never looked back since. If you are seriously committed to knock off the butts…STOP THINKING quit and START THINKING TAKE CONTROL & STOP…STOP…STOP!!! I hope this is helpful to even just one person! Good luck to you all!

  39. I seem to be on a 4 year rotation. Quit for 4 years, after smoking for 20 years, then started and smoked for 4 years and October this year marked the 4 year mark for not smoking again- However the death of my Brother in October had me reaching for the cigs again and I thought I could handle one a day – Turns out I’m not that strong and can feel the cravings already. Seems like the more I try NOT to think about it .. The MORE I think about it

  40. I’ve smoked on and off for 40 years. Quit many times usually for about 5 years and started again for some lame excuse.
    I find that when a craving comes, I take a deep, deep breath in through my nose and breathe it out slow through my mouth. Tell myself in a minute the craving will go, just be tough and wait for a minute, only one. It goes. It’s all,about getting through one minute. Take each one as they come and be stronger than some ridiculous white cancer stick. And I keep a full unopened pack visable and curse it everytime I see it, telling it has no power over me. I just made 1 day. Everyone just be strong. Its awful.

  41. This is my 6th time on steroid for my breathing with a bad cold virus in 8 ‘months it’s that time for me to quite in the last 3 day I went from a pack a day to having 3 to 4 trying to use a vape I just feel it’s so hard to give up again but I have to for my health

  42. Hi I’m on day 41 and glad it’s still going well. After30 yrs and 20 a day. It’s a good feeling now. I’m using patches the first two weeks was hard as hell and I must admit the morning cig with a cuppa was constantly on my mind, like every morning so I decided to have one first thing with a cuppa. I only did that for three days and thought how daft. If I could last the rest of the day I could do without that morning one. So I did. I still want a cig but now tell my myself it’s a want not a need. Good luck everyone. Think positive

  43. I am 64 and smoked 50 plus years. Never quit for more than half a day! Most time I ever went without a smoke was sleeping for 8 hours! Bought a vape pen 18 October and haven’t smoked since. Been off the vape pen for four days now. I find most of my smoking was habits (eat- smoke, finish a task-smoke, start a task-smoke, smoke when my wife went out for a smoke, etc.). So knowing that, have a plan to defeat those moments works. Know your enemy!
    Oh, in this short time my complexion has improved (no clogged pores), I don’t wake-up to stand-up to cough-up any more!

  44. I quit smoking about ten days ago using chantix. I’ve been smoking for about fifteen years. I need major back surgery and my insurance requires a clean blood test to pay for it. Anyone else go through this and if so. . How long will it take to be out of my blood? I’m drinking plenty of water and tea but am open to other ideas that might help get rid of it sooner. I am in desperate need of the surgery. Please help me!

  45. Well, today is my 6th day smoke free, my wife got the nicotine patch Step 2 and so far is working it has stopped the craving but not sure for how long any idea?

  46. Its been since the 30th of October. Boy am I feeling my oats for not smoking for 50 years.and i wont have any problems for the surgery.

  47. I’m 26 and have been smoking since I was 14 – about a pack to a pack and a half a day. Some days, I’ve smoked 2 packs. I’ve quit many times, usually for a few days to a few weeks – and once for a year. It’s so hard. I quit a month and a half ago and was doing great thinking it was the last time but then 2 days ago I was in a small smokey bar drinking and ended up smoking 3 cigs! Haven’t had another since and that is really surprising because in the past, one slip up always led to a pack that day or the next. Worried that this will be a battle for the rest of my life because even when I quit for a year, I still envied those that indulged. On the bright side, I have a few older friends that quit 25+ years ago and never looked back. I also have friends that can somehow smoke just once in a while or only when they drink.

  48. Hey I am going start from tomorrow I hope to do it I have been on and off smoker now it’s time to give it the boot as am trying for a baby I don’t know if I can as my Ashe is 45 let’s see

  49. Over the years I quit and started again several times. In my 20s I was a heavy smoker, pack a day. Gave it up till mid 40s, picked up habit again, still 6-8 cigs a day. Then I quit again, 5-6 yrs passed and started again. Stopped again, started again. Lately was down to ca 3-4 menthol cigs a day. Still, I felt it was too much for my body, got dizzy with every cigarette. What I found works best for me…I prep my mind that I want to quit. Sometimes I cut out every day one cig, then I go to one a day, then every other day. Then I go to one on Sundays for a few weeks. One Sunday you will just forget, or it will be super easy to say no. Quitting gets really easy if you get a cold. Cold typically lasts a week to ten days. You are miserable anyways and withdrawal isn’t really detectable. The trick is to stay away when you feel totally healthy again. The wish may come back. Because we develop these routines. Liking smoking one after you come home from work, or your after lunch break. Or before you go to sleep. Whatever your routine is, cig rituals. Those are mind games that lure you back, for a few months, but less and less every week that passes. Don’t drink coffee when a craving hits, herbal tea works best. Add a little sweet. Be careful though watch your weight!! Eat healthy and try to cut calories. Because whe you gain weight you’ll be so frustrated you will start smoking again. Only, that won’t bring the weight down either, than you have gained AND you smoke again. Even more frustrating. So here is my unconventional tip if you really want to quit for good. Wait for your first flu. Drink lots of fluids, fresh juices, teas, soups..fresh fruits, veggies. Cut down on carbs. After two weeks you will have lost a little weight, and you are off cigs. No patches needed. Now you start feeling great again, better than before. Temptation WILL hit, cigs and food, cuz it starts all tasting better. Don’t start buying chocolate or ice cream! Have a clementine, an orange. Citrus fruits work great when cravings hit. Or Go to a movie. The cravings pass most often within minutes. Put a dollar in a jar every time you work thru a craving successfully. Right now I used the flu, which made it easy. 2 weeks off almost and shed 5-6 pounds. Taking an expectorant, because the cough does get nasty with a cold AND quitting!! Drinking fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning, religiously now for the next month for sure!! The shit hits the fan now 🙂 but I have no desire to smoke. Ever again. I know the craving will be back once in a while. But I know it will be easy as pie to sail thru it. It doesn’t last long. It helps to avoid smoking friends “in the act”… for a while. Tell your mind no thanks when you are with them. Avoid arguments!!!! They are a big trigger. Reward yourself constantly for good no smoking behavior. Count in your head the money you saved from when you stopped. You can do it. No clinic. No patches. No hypnosis necessary. All of those things are costly. I enjoy having saved all that money. Actually, I came here to find out how long it takes for my body to get rid of nicotine of my 3-4 or 4-5 menthols a day

  50. I stopped 8 years ago. I still have the lighter and the last pack of cigarettes I bought with 8 left.
    IF you REALLY want to stop smoking NOTHING will stop you.

  51. im 39 and have just resently been in an auto accident that has left my right ankle shattered. I now have pins and rods holding my foot to my leg and I am pending surgery based on when my leg and foot swelling go down. The Doctor was very frank and told me that if we do surgery soon and im still smoking , then theres a big chance of amputation. He said the nicotine in my body would hamper the healing. I need to stop smoking. I am scared to death. Ive smoked sence I was 17 and only had one 6month time frame were I had gone smoke free. True being around other smokers does not help. I am hopeing my mother will stop too. Would make it easier. I am worried about my cig monster in me. That nasty withdrawl feeling that makes me feel like a monster when people frustrate me. I habe to stay possitive. If I need to cry then by god I am going to cry instead of getting angry. I need support but in a possitive manner, Encouragement, and new things to think about. Its funny. When I was in the hospital for that week, I had absolutly no cravings. Not until i got into the vehical with my smoking mother, And my anxiety over actually having to ride in a vehicle so soon. I was weak. Its time to stop and take control, because i would love to keep my foot and still be able to see my first grandbaby born in April.

  52. This is my 2nd day without smoking and i’m f-in going insane. I had to stop though because i’m really sick and coughing up a lung. My chest is burning and I know I need to stop. Why the hell do I wanna smoke so bad? Its so disgusting.. I wish I never started.

  53. Today’s my fourth day cold turkey i’m having terrible cravings headaches and I’m very irritable but still I’m trying to stay positive I’m drinking a lot of tea and I took time off work tomorrow will be my first day back at work I am terrified but I’m also excited by the money I am saving since I quit

  54. Today is my fourth day cold turkey I’m a little irritable headaches and stomach cramps but I’m drinking lots of tea and water I took a couple of days off from work so far so good this is my second time and I think it will be it I’m done with smoking

  55. Im 65
    ive smoked since i was 14
    the 20th of December this year
    i suffered a heart attack
    5 days before christmas and i nearly died
    now wouldnt that have been a great gift for my husband kids and grand kids..?
    im useing nicoderm my dr prescribed it and as of this writeing im on day 7
    no desire to smoke,
    dont wait like me to have a heart attack please stop however works for you
    and if you havent yet started DONT
    I GOT MY WAKE UP CALL VERY PAINFULL BUT IT WORKED

  56. Today is 3rd day cold turkey. So far cravings not as bad as 1st day or last night. Made it through son’s flat tire last night and $500 unexpected tire expenditure this morning still smoke free so far. I feel off, tired, low energy today. Not very hungry since I quit and when I eat then a bit of indigestion. Easily irritated of course by loud voices & whining grandson. Am off work until next Tues plan to be a hermit as much as possible for the sake of all involved. Coughing and hacking still and still have the brain fuzz but is way less than on day 1. When I want to smoke I spend 5 mins on my treadmill during what would have been my cig time. Also made list of things to do been adding to and working things off the list to keep self busy.

  57. I stopped smoking on April 4th 2016 ofter been a smoker for 38 years but I still can’t get the hang of not smoking when I have a drink ( alcohol) I still need a fag when I drink but there again it’s not often I drink considering I did smoke at least 40 fags a day I think I have done really well ?

  58. First day. I can say it’s not so bad (not yet). I have been smoking for 34 years… started at 12 years old. My voice is starting to sound harsh. I am coughing all the time. My lungs hurt even when I turn, I am lucky my fiance does not smoke so there’s never been any smoking in this house. I am also unlucky because I do smoke in my vehicle so when I do get in my vehicle it will be full of nicotine hopefully I will be able to get the car detailed all of the nicotine removed and have no problem. We are all bracing for the wicked witch to show her face but we will deal with it when that time comes.

  59. I am 60 years old and have basically smoked since I was 16 years old. I quit several times over the years. But, always started back.
    I fell on Dec 5th and fractured my calcaneus (heel). Had surgery on Dec 9th, with plates, screws & bone out of a box. No weight bearing for 12 weeks. My surgeon told me I had to quit smoking if I wanted to heal so that I could walk again. No nicotine in my system is important for bone to heal.
    So I am 4 weeks into not smoking. Have not used Chantix, because I have enough trouble sleeping with a brace on my leg and foot.
    I read about the TBX Free…Will that help with the nibbling?

  60. Day one for me. Was a heavy smoker for 25 years. Tried using chantix, but it made me sick every time I took it. Fot about 2 weeks of it in my system, and last night I decided I was done. It’s been almost 21 hours, and I haven’t really had any cravings yet. Thought it would be nice to pick one up a few times, but that’s just habit. I’ve quit before, but stress made me pick the habit up again. Praying I can do this!

  61. I’m a strange case, from what others say to me: I had my first cigarette in college. I have smoked on and off for years (now 45) sometimes with years in between without smoking. I’ve also had times when I only smoked at work with others, but never at home or on weekends. It seems like certain stressors bring out the craving, plus I think there is just this appeal to the act of smoking. I lost my job last September, and immediately bought a pack. Then I stopped for two months, then started again around X-Mas for a few weeks, then stopped. now I’m about to start a new job and I started smoking again, but I want to stop, not only do I just feel like crap by the end of the day, but it obviously impacts my exercise routine and is expensive (NY taxes are crazy) and my new job has almost double the cost for health benefits if you’re a tobacco user. I stopped drinking over a year ago and have no problems being around others who drink, but smoking is such a strange craving for me. I can go days, weeks and even years without smoking and all of a sudden – BANG – I’m doing it again. Anyone else like this, have any advice? Thanks. M.

  62. I started smoking when I was very young and now it’s 56 years later and still smoking. I’ve had several surgeries, was told to quit and didn’t. But tonight’s the night. I have 3 cigarettes left and I hope I can do this. I’m retired now and considered low income. It costs me $275/mo to smoke in Washington State – money I could put to much better use. My heart goes out to all of you. Please don’t let 56 years pass by before quitting.

  63. I quit smoking for 10 years and I broke my back they put me on pain medication within six months I could not stop the preview for cigarettes and I don’t know why I need to quit I have to quit can you please help Thank you Jason

  64. Quite smoking is very easy. I did so many times. 10 days, 3 months, 9 months, one and the half year. Finally I quite 6 years is running. Good Luck everypne

  65. I’ve been a smoker for 25yrs since I started smoking at age 27, which is a late age to start. Yesturday the 18th of this month of April before 14:00pm, I decided that I can’t smoke cigs anymore because of my current health condition of CODP and a persistant cough with constant smell of tar coming from my lungs. It’s absolutely disgusting, especially when I need to expel it from my mouth.

    Since my last smoke yesturday, I have noticed over a 24 hour period, that my cough has been about the same, but now that it’s after 23:30pm on the 19th of April, I don’t have as much junk coming out from my lungs which I know is a good thing.

    As regards withdrawals of wanting to smoke, I’ve experienced a few episodes. They’re not strong urges but I can feel when I get that trigger. I look at my ashcan and lighters. And I say out loud to myself, “NO! I CAN’T DO IT. I CAN’T SMOKE ANYMORE!!!” Then I think about all my health problems due to the addiction of cigarettes. 2 heart attacks. One at age 45 & the 2nd one in 2010 @ age 47 which killed me, and I remember dying until I was gone. Then I was zapped awake a 2nd time before I returned from the dead. I have Coronary Artery Disease and Congestive Heart Failure. Cadiomyopathy, loss of all natural teeth due to loss of gum tissue from smoking. Looking older and balding. Toe nail fungus and skin problems in which my heart meds may be the factor on my nail fungus problem. A few years back I had to have lenses placed into my eyes because of cateracts possibly due to smoking. Irregular heart beats and angina episodes (chest pain), as well as others that I haven’t mentioned. Some of my cough attacks are so bad, that I can’t get my breath and feel like I can pass out. I think they call it Axaspiration or something of that nature.

    Tomorrow after I wake up from my sleep, I hope I don’t crave a smoke as I usually do after sleeping. This morning I didn’t smoke only because I didn’t feel like it. Maybe it’s also because that I have a need to quit so that I can start to cough a lot less. I may not get over it completely, but at least I can give it a shot not to fall back again.

    I want to be smoke free once again as I was before I had that 1st smoke that got me addicted eventually, and took away about 20+ years of my life before my natural departure date from this life on earth.

    Those that are smokers, I understand and know what it’s like to be a prisoner of these enjoyable cancer sticks. These rolls of paper & tobacco are a health crisis in the making and a disguise that takes its time to ruin and kill innocent folks of all races of humanity. Someday it will happen to you that you can and will succeed in the goal of being a former smoker. It’s almost 36hrs since my last cig, and I’m pushing to go as long as I can without the need to smoke again. I AM NOT A SMOKER ANYMORE!!! Thanks for reading.

  66. I I have been smoking for years I am 61 years old I was supposed to stop smoking last year when I made 60 but I did it I made 61 again and I got sick I couldn’t breathe I got a treatment and once that I got the treatment that was it for me I just quit cold turkey

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