Originally Posted by petlover1003
Today is Day 4 for me BUT I admit that I have cheated a tiny bit each day (2 cigs per day, divided into half so actually 4 times a day I have had a couple of puffs). I'm also taking Chantix.
I remember reading that nicotine stays in your system for 72 hours (I feel like it's longer than that but whatever.....). Does this mean that each time I've taken a little cheating puff that the 72 hour clock starts up again??
What about those on the patch?
You are correct 72 hours is about what it takes to clear your body of nicotine. On the other hand true withdrawal symptoms could last for up to 6 months. The occasional urge to smoke can last for the rest of your life.
It is very important to remember that once you quit you are actually a nicotine addict in remission. Because of this any
use of nicotine will result in returning to your former level of dependence. No different than a crack addict, alcoholic or heroin junky.
IMO the most important element required to quit is being able to come to terms with the though that you will never ever again be able to smoke. I think this is what people mean when they say they were ready to quit. They finally understood and where ready to accept that they could not ever use nicotine again. There are products available that can help overcome the physical and to some degree the mental addiction. But I'm not aware of any product that will make the decision to "never take another puff" for you.