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How long does withdrawal last when you quit smoking?

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The withdrawal symptoms usually go away within 10 to 14 days. They're strongest when you first quit.

You may still want to smoke, especially with certain people or during situations where you're used to smoking. If you smoke again, stop. Most people quit three times before they're successful. Plan ahead and think about what you'll do next time you get the urge to smoke.

From: Smoking and Heart Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

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