Quitting Smoking

United States
December 8, 2006 2:17pm CST
I am in the process of trying to quit smoking Cigs. I have tried the patch, and cold turkey. Does anyone know exactly how long the nicotine remains in your system for? Also if there is a better way to clean yourself out besides drinking green tea and water? For this attempt, I'm going without the patch, but i'm on my 5th cup of tea today, along with just as much water. Any help would be most appreciated.
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@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
8 Dec 06
I know someone who quit, and she did it with believe it or not, Orange Juice and it's loaded with Vitamin C. If you think you need meds, wellbutrin is suppossed to be good. I wish you the best of luck, and if you are successful, let me know what worked, because I too know I have to quit one day.
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• United States
8 Dec 06
I naturally take Vit C anyway, so I guess I'm on the right track. I haven't had to bad of nicotine fits today, so the green tea/water flush seems to be working somewhat well for today. Thanks for the input
@ru88en (2997)
• Philippines
8 Dec 06
I don't know about home many hours the nicotine effect will last in our body. What I know is that the damage created by smoking is not restorable. You must be committed to stop smoking because only when you are committed will you be sucessful.
• United States
8 Dec 06
I was under the impression that after 15-20 years your lungs eventually fully clense themselves, but you have to not smoke at all for that to happen. I just reached the committment point, I think that is why my previous attempts have been unsuccessful. Thanks for your input.
@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
14 Dec 06
I have heard the first 3 days are the worst. After that it gets a little easier. It also takes 3 weeks to break a habit. I would say the nicotine will leave your body quite quickly making your skin look clearer and brighter but as for the lungs I have no clue. All the best.
• United States
14 Dec 06
Several different factors can affect the rate of metabolism (the work of the living cell in the body) and excretion (or getting rid of the waste) related to nicotine. In general, a regular smoker will have nicotine or its by-products present in the body for about 3 to 4 days after stopping. This came from the American Cancer Society webpage. I quit cold turkey and found that the hardest was the first two days, after that it was just habit. I wish you the best of luck and if you believe and really want to quit then you will be able to.