Nicotine withdrawal: Symptoms, timeline, and how to cope

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While these risks are a good incentive to quit, quitting can be hard for some people because of withdrawal symptoms. These can include irritability, headaches, and intense nicotine cravings.

For many people, daily intake of nicotine also becomes part of how they manage their emotions and affects both how they relax   and how they keep themselves alert. When nicotine is suddenly absent, you tend to get nicotine withdrawal symptoms. About half of all smokers report experiencing at least four withdrawal symptoms when they quit, studies show.

How Long Does Withdrawal From Nicotine Last?

Quit smoking one day at a time . Don't think about quitting forever. That can be overwhelming. Deal with right now, and the days will start to add up.

A timeline of benefits when you quit smoking

While nicotine withdrawal is never fun, it is important to remember that it's only a temporary situation.


Sanja Jelic, MD, is board-certified in sleep medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary disease, and internal medicine.