If you’re considering quitting smoking, you’ve likely asked yourself ‘how long does nicotine withdrawal last?’ The length of time one experiences nicotine withdrawal varies with each individual. Also, each symptom of nicotine withdrawal, whether it is physical or psychological, has a different length and severity in which the person will experience the withdrawal.
Physical symptoms such as fever, sweating, aches and pains can last up to 12 weeks, but will typically peak 48 hours after the smoker has refrained from smoking. Out of all the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, these are the most uncomfortable and are usually the reason why smokers decide not to quit. Other symptoms such as sore throat, coughing and shortness of breath are widely common and may last up to 4 weeks. The reason for this is that, while smoking, mucus and tar builds up in the smokers lungs. The body’s natural reflex to expel the build up in the lungs is to cough, however excessive coughing most likely leads to sore throat and can also irritate the airways making them become inflamed and cause shortness of breath. For these physical symptoms to completely disappear, it will sometimes take the smoker 6 months of being smoke-free.
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