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How fast after I quit smoking will my body start to change?

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Here’s what you can expect after finishing your final cigarette:

  • 30 minutes to 4 hours: The effects from the nicotine will wear off and you’ll start to crave another cigarette.
  • 10 hours: You’ll be very restless, physically craving a cigarette, and wondering how to fill the time. You may feel sad and hopeless.
  • 24 hours: Irritability kicks in and your appetite increases.
  • 2 days: You’ll have headaches as the nicotine leaves your system.
  • 3 days: The nicotine should be gone now. Your cravings taper off but anxiety will start to rise.
  • 1 week: You made it a week. Pat yourself on the back and keep avoiding those triggers.
  • 2 to 4 weeks: You still won’t have much energy, but the brain fog will clear up and your appetite will settle down. Your cough, depression, and anxiety will also improve.
  • 5 weeks on: The challenge now is keeping a strong mental game.

From: What is Nicotine Withdrawal? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Quit Smoking Community: “Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?”

SmokeFree.gov: “Managing Withdrawal.”

National Cancer Institute: “How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Quit Smoking Community: “Nicotine Withdrawal Timeline.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?”

SmokeFree.gov: “Managing Withdrawal.”

National Cancer Institute: “How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 26, 2019

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