it should be longer than that. seems like its been forever since i smoked lol. I stopped the patch last friday, 5 days ago, 6 weeks earlier than recommended.i believe they were good for taming triggers without withdrawl(i was able to draw a distict line between habit and actual craving) but i noticed a host of reasons why they not worth the hype. so with that i stopped them and endured the 72hr torture test. while for those few days didnt feel too good, i feel better now than i did the last day on the patch. so for the first time in 17+yrs smoking 2pack/day. im completely smoke and nicotine free.