Does nicotine withdrawal really last for months or years?

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At some Internet sites there are people who try to give all readers the impression that nicotine withdrawal or what they refer to as post acute withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years after quitting smoking. This video addresses the inaccuracy and the dangers of perpetuating this belief.

The following videos further explore what are normal quitting reactions and what are symptoms more likely caused by other problems that may present after smoking cessation.

Going back to normal after quitting smoking

Quitting smoking: A fate worse than death

Life goes on without smoking

“Will this get better?”

“I feel 100% better since I quit smoking”

Medication adjustments that may be necessary after smoking cessation

Using cigarettes to self medicate pre-existing conditions:

Quitting smoking and mental health

Is anyone else experiencing the symptom…?

“Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?” (part 2)

What is nicotine withdrawal really like?

Tell a newbie how many seconds a day you want a cigarette

Crave or thoughts for cigarettes that occur over time


WoodyTV says:

Joel, You have helped me so much! I Thank you!

markalejandrox says:

thanks Sir for your helpful videos. you are truly a good man, helping people you dont know and probably will never meet… like me…. I am from norway, currently living and working in a country ( sOUTH Korea) where they ''loooove'' to smoke and vape nicotine.. I managed to quit easily and i know deep down in my heart or shall we say brain, that i will never ever take another puff

Gourab Bhattacharje says:

Dear Joel,

My heartfelt respect is for you. I cannot express in words how much I admire your thoughtful advise and constant effort to help people to get rid of a horrible addiction. Thank you so much.

3 Weeks completed today. NTAP for life.

Nick Tamer says:

I had terrible withdrawal symptoms for more than 3 months when I quit smoking. I'd never go through this again so for this reason I'd never take another puff. I'm now quit for 15 months and I'm just now starting to feel the way I felt back when I was a never smoker. To anyone who's trying to quit I can say that if someone as hooked as me made it through then you can do it too. I was smoking 70 cigs a day and I'd wake in the middle of the night in order to smoke. So have faith people, listen to what mr. Spitzer says, and never take another puff.

paul 1960 says:

Hey 7 weeks quit absolute fantastic glad i discovered your programs and advice.

Zachlam8 8 says:

being told that I would have symptoms for months and years is the reason I caved in last time because it gave me the impression that I would be experiencing peak withdrawal for years. Anyways On my 3rd day of a new quit and won't be discouraged this time though, anyways thank you for making this video.

William Lackner says:

No smoking nor nicotine for over 4 years for me. I smoked for over 40 years. Can not imagine going back. I see people smoking and feel sorry for them and have, on occasion, told them how I quit with the help of Joel recordings. I down loaded the 11 hours of MP3 recordings and listened to them, over and over, several times. It worked for me.

Jeff Winders says:

Joel and his team at inspired and guided my journey from being a life long smoker to a non-smoker nearly five years ago.  It has been a journey of self discovery and a journey to better health and likely a longer life.  I did experience severe withdrawl symptoms in the first few days of my quit but, as Joel says, those symptoms subside very quickly and never return so long as you never put nicotine into you body.  It has been years now since I have even thought of smoking a cigarette or using any form of nicotine.It is great to see you still commited to helping folks get free from the grip of nicotine addiction, Joel.  Thank you so much for all that you did for me!

Ming daMerciless says:

I originally gave up at the end of 2013 and have fallen off the wagon twice. Since Feb this year, I have smoked for only one day (half pack). I still think about smoking or imagine / plan out the act of getting into the car and driving to the store to buy cigarettes at least once a day! I suspect this will never go away properly and I will just have to get over it!

Gordon Zar says:

Just like many other people, I quit smoking thanks to your videos and your book. You gave me the necessary motivation and information I needed. I am now off smoking 2 months and 20 days.
Thank you very much for your efforts and I hope you have it good too.

Debra Tarpley says:

Thank you Joel for all you do.
2 years for me! :)

Iyad Eftaiha says:

+Joel Spitzer Thanks a lot, I quit smoking watching ur videos.

zooscientist1 says:

Nearly 2 years nicotine free thanks to you Joel. I owe my quit to you.

davidbowie1100 says:

I'm just over 18 months quit and it just feels normal to not smoke and I feel all the better for it. Thanks Joel your videos provided invaluable information in the early days of my quit

Lee Vuitton says:

Been a while Joel. Hope you are very well!

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