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What should you know about nicotine withdrawal?

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Even though nicotine’s high isn’t as dramatic as cocaine’s or heroin’s, it’s just as addictive as those illegal drugs.

Nicotine affects all areas of your body, from your heart and blood vessels to your hormones, metabolism, and brain.

Nicotine withdrawal is very real. Stop using it, and you’ll physically crave that nicotine hit and become irritable if you can’t have it.

Nicotine withdrawal usually lasts only a month or so, but you could be fighting the mental battle against cigarettes for a long time.

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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