Nicotine withdrawal

I've just read the 'Why Quit' section, it states:

48 hours There is no nicotine left in the body. Taste and smell are greatly improved.

This is absolutely NOT true at all and I've come across such mis-information on other quitting websites. It is an established scientific fact that it takes approximately three weeks for the body to purge 99% of Nicotine from the blood stream.

Chemical withdrawal lasts up to three weeks, it is generally accepted that cravings diminish in their intensity after three days but to suggest that all nicotine leaves the body after 72hrs is plain wrong.

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  • That is what most sites say, if that is the case then why was I chewing my own leg off on day 5 . The information out there is not consistent, some make a mockery of others :mad:

  • I've just read the 'Why Quit' section, it states:

    48 hours There is no nicotine left in the body. Taste and smell are greatly improved.

    This is absolutely NOT true at all and I've come across such mis-information on other quitting websites. It is an established scientific fact that it takes approximately three weeks for the body to purge 99% of Nicotine from the blood stream.

    Chemical withdrawal lasts up to three weeks, it is generally accepted that cravings diminish in their intensity after three days but to suggest that all nicotine leaves the body after 72hrs is plain wrong.

    I would like to know which medical report says 3 weeks....every report I have ever read, the NHS themselves and most importantly our resident knowledge bank Cavalier (see sticky in day 1) all agree it takes 48 hrs for nicotine to leave the body.

    Perhaps some upto date education might be of some use;)

  • ...it is generally accepted that cravings diminish in their intensity after three days but to suggest that all nicotine leaves the body after 72hrs is plain wrong.

    Alas, as cravings are nothing to do with nicotine the point is somewhat moot.

    The sooner people start trying to terminate their tobacco dependency rather than getting all bogged down with nicotine the more straightforward quitting becomes. :(

    AC is an essential book in any quitter's library but it's not all fact!

  • So, does anyone know the correct answer. I have read that it depends on how heavy a smoker you were and for how long you smoked.

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