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When people use tobacco products, some of the nicotine stays in their system after they quit smoking. Medical tests can detect nicotine in people's urine, blood, saliva, hair, and nails.

Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco, cigarettes, and vapes or e-cigarettes.

When someone smokes a cigarette, their body absorbs up to of the nicotine. Traces of nicotine will linger long after individuals no longer feel the effects.

In this article, we look at how long it takes for the body to remove nicotine, and whether it is possible to get nicotine out of your system faster.

The severity and timescale of physical withdrawal symptoms will vary, depending on how much an individual smokes.

A suggests that people who smoke five or fewer cigarettes a day may not have intense physical symptoms because their bodies are less dependent on nicotine. However, they may still have emotional ties to smoking.

Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are at their worst a after smoking. The first week is usually the most difficult, and symptoms gradually reduce over the following few weeks.

The physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal include:

Once the physical symptoms are gone, and all nicotine has left a person's body, they may still feel a psychological desire to smoke. Often, this is often because they are used to the habit of smoking.

The desire for nicotine may be worse in triggering situations. Examples of these may include times of stress or when having drinks with friends. Over time, these triggers become much less powerful.